DNA sequences in human genome can be divided into the coding and noncoding ones. We hypothesize that the characteristic periodicities of the noncoding sequences are related to their function. We describe the procedure to identify these characteristic periodicities using the wavelet analysis. Our results show that three groups of noncoding sequences, each one with different biological function, may be differentiated by their wavelet coefficients within specific frequency range.
DNA sequences in human genome can be divided into the coding and noncoding ones. Coding sequences are those that are read during the transcription. The identification of coding sequences has been widely reported in literature due to its much-studied periodicity. Noncoding sequences represent the majority of the human genome. They play an important role in gene regulation and differentiation among the cells. However, noncoding sequences do not exhibit periodicities that correlate to their functions. The ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA elements) and Epigenomic Roadmap Project projects have cataloged the human noncoding sequences into specific functions. We study characteristics of noncoding sequences with wavelet analysis of genomic signals.