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TargetSearch specifications


Unique identifier OMICS_09688
Name TargetSearch
Software type Package/Module
Interface Command line interface
Restrictions to use None
Operating system Unix/Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Programming languages C, R
License GNU General Public License version 2.0
Computer skills Advanced
Version 1.2.0
Stability Stable
methods, R(>=2.7.0), tcltk, xcms, TargetSearchData
Maintained Yes


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TargetSearch in pipeline

PMCID: 3015162
PMID: 21289855
DOI: 10.1007/s12566-010-0015-9

[…] solutions for the analysis of gc-ms and lc-ms exist []. that includes leco chromatof, spectralworks analyzerpro, ion signature quantitative deconvolution software, highchem massfrontier, and targetsearch []. the use of peak picking and peak detection algorithms for lc-ms data [, ] is still an active field of research due to high noise ratios, broader chromatographic peaks, and mass […]

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TargetSearch in publications

PMCID: 5698474
PMID: 29162853
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15607-y

[…] tissues and cancer cell lines.figure 1 , to further understand molecular mechanism of mir-152 in breast cancer cells, several well-developed mirna algorithms, such as targetscan, mirnapath, and targetsearch, were employed to obtain a list of possible mrna targets of mir-152. as a potential mir-152 binding site was predicted within the 3′-utr of β-catenin mrna, we constructed the 3′utr […]

PMCID: 5499862
PMID: 28520864
DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/gix037

[…] an interactive user interface facilitating use by unexperienced users. they do, however, require several manual input and data check steps that are time consuming and negate truly high throughput. targetsearch [] uses similar approaches to process data and identify and quantify targeted metabolites based on retention time index and spectra-matching of multiple correlated masses, […]

PMCID: 5220112
PMID: 28119698
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01954

[…] range. after acquisition, chromatogram files were converted to netcdf for further processing., mass chromatographic features were extracted with xcms (smith et al., ) and subsequently processed with targetsearch software (cuadros-inostroza et al., ) using golm metabolite database (available from briefly, this software calculates ri for all compounds […]

PMCID: 5154533
PMID: 27959937
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167941

[…] (taggttgagcgactcccactg) would not attenuate the expression of other unintended sequences using the target search provided by the wmd3 website (;project=stdwmd), allowing for 5 mismatches., the pcambia1305.1:mirbdiri construct was transformed into agrobacterium strain agl1 (invitrogen) using electroporation and subsequently […]

PMCID: 5070769
PMID: 27760136
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006363

[…] used []. chromatograms were exported from leco chromatof software (version 3.34) to r software. ion extraction, peak detection, retention time alignment and library searching were obtained using the targetsearch package from bioconductor []. day-normalization and sample median-normalization were conducted; the resulting data matrix was used for further analysis., 200k snp data for 314 a. […]

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TargetSearch institution(s)
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Am Mühlenberg 1, Potsdam-Golm, Germany; Centro de Biotecnología, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile; RIKEN Plant Science Center, Tsurumi-ku, Suehiro-cho, Kanagawa, Japan; Bayer BioScience N.V., Technologiepark 38, Gent, Belgium

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