Recent studies reveal that circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a novel class of abundant, stable and ubiquitous noncoding RNA molecules in animals. A comprehensive detection of circRNAs from high-throughput transcriptome data is an initial and crucial step to study their biogenesis and function. Here, researchers from the Beijing Institutes of Life Science present a novel chiastic clipping signal based algorithm, CIRI, to unbiasedly and accurately detect circRNAs from transcriptome data by employing multiple filtration strategies. By applying CIRI to ENCODE RNA-seq data, the researchers identify and experimentally validate the prevalence of intronic/intergenic circRNAs as well as fragments specific to them in the human transcriptome.
CIRI – de novo circular RNA identification
Gao Y, Wang J, Zhao F. (2015) CIRI: an efficient and unbiased algorithm for de novo circular RNA identification. Genome Biol 16(1):4. [abstract]