Matthias Steinfath

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Human trisomy 21, which results in Down syndrome (DS), is one of the most complicated congenital genetic anomalies compatible with life, yet little is known about the molecular basis of DS. It is generally accepted that chromosome 21 (Chr21) transcripts are overexpressed by about 50% in cells with an extra copy of this chromosome. However, this assumption(More)
MOTIVATION Image analysis is a major part of data evaluation for array hybridization experiments in molecular biology. The program presented here is designed to analyze automatically images from hybridization experiments with various arrangements: different kinds of probes (oligonucleotides or complex probes), different supports (nylon filters or glass(More)
Plant growth and development are tightly linked to primary metabolism and are subject to natural variation. In order to obtain an insight into the genetic factors controlling biomass and primary metabolism and to determine their relationships, two Arabidopsis thaliana populations [429 recombinant inbred lines (RIL) and 97 introgression lines (IL), derived(More)
The main objective of this study was to identify genomic regions involved in biomass heterosis using QTL, generation means, and mode-of-inheritance classification analyses. In a modified North Carolina Design III we backcrossed 429 recombinant inbred line and 140 introgression line populations to the two parental accessions, C24 and Col-0, whose F (1)(More)
We developed a novel efficient scheme, DEFOG (for "deciphering families of genes"), for determining sequences of numerous genes from a family of interest. The scheme provides a powerful means to obtain a gene family composition in species for which high-throughput genomic sequencing data are not available. DEFOG uses two key procedures. The first is a novel(More)
MOTIVATION The choice of probes is an important feature of hybridisation experiments. In this paper we present an algorithm that optimises probes with respect to a training set of sequences based on Shannon entropy as a quality criterion. The practical motivation for our algorithm is oligonucleotide fingerprinting, a method for the simultaneous(More)
BACKGROUND Gene expression analyses based on complex hybridization measurements have increased rapidly in recent years and have given rise to a huge amount of bioinformatic tools such as image analyses and cluster analyses. However, the amount of work done to integrate and evaluate these tools and the corresponding experimental procedures is not high.(More)
UNLABELLED Xdigitise is a software system for visualization of hybridization experiments giving the user facilities to analyze the corresponding images manually or automatically. Images of the high-density DNA arrays are displayed as well as the results of an external image analysis bundled with Xdigitise, e.g. the spot locations are marked and the(More)
BACKGROUND Hybrids represent a cornerstone in the success story of breeding programs. The fundamental principle underlying this success is the phenomenon of hybrid vigour, or heterosis. It describes an advantage of the offspring as compared to the two parental lines with respect to parameters such as growth and resistance against abiotic or biotic stress.(More)
A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population, derived from two Arabidopsis thaliana accessions, and the corresponding testcrosses with these two original accessions were used for the development and validation of machine learning models to predict the biomass of hybrids. Genetic and metabolic information of the RILs served as predictors. Feature selection(More)