Improvement of phylogenetic method to analyze compositional heterogeneity

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Background: Phylogenetic analysis is a key way to understand current research in the biological processes and detect theory in evolution of natural selection. The evolutionary relationship between species is generally reflected in the form of phylogenetic trees. Many methods for constructing phylogenetic trees, are based on the optimization criteria. We extract the biological data via modeling features, and then compare these characteristics to study the biological evolution between species. Results: Here, we use maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference method to establish phylogenetic trees; multi-chain Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling method can be used to select optimal phylogenetic tree, resolving local optimum problem. The correlation model of phylogenetic analysis assumes that phylogenetic trees are built on homogeneous data, however there exists a large deviation in the presence of heterogeneous data. We use conscious detection to solve compositional heterogeneity. Our method is evaluated on two sets of experimental data, a group of bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA gene data, and a group of genetic data with five homologous species. Conclusions: Our method can obtain accurate phylogenetic trees on the homologous data, and also detect the compositional heterogeneity of experimental data. We provide an efficient method to enhance the accuracy of generated phylogenetic tree.




Zhang, Z., Guo, K., Pan, G., Tang, J., & Guo, F. (2017). Improvement of phylogenetic method to analyze compositional heterogeneity. BMC Systems Biology, 11.

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