Circtools—a one-stop software solution for circular RNA research

Tobias Jakobi, Alexey Uvarovskii, Christoph Dieterich

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Motivation: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) originate through back-splicing events from linear primary transcripts, are resistant to exonucleases, are not polyadenylated and have been shown to be highly specific for cell type and developmental stage. CircRNA detection starts from high-throughput sequencing data and is a multi-stage bioinformatics process yielding sets of potential circRNA candidates that require further analyses. While a number of tools for the prediction process already exist, publicly available analysis tools for further characterization are rare. Our work provides researchers with a harmonized workflow that covers different stages of in silico circRNA analyses, from prediction to first functional insights. Results: Here, we present circtools, a modular, Python-based framework for computational circRNA analyses. The software includes modules for circRNA detection, internal sequence reconstruction, quality checking, statistical testing, screening for enrichment of RBP binding sites, differential exon RNase R resistance and circRNA-specific primer design. circtools supports researchers with visualization options and data export into commonly used formats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2326-2328
Number of pages3
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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