AAString-class

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AAString objects

An AAString object allows efficient storage and manipulation of a long amino acid sequence.

Keywords
classes, methods
Usage
AAString(x="", start=1, nchar=NA)
## Predefined constants: AA_ALPHABET # full Amino Acid alphabet AA_STANDARD # first 20 letters only AA_PROTEINOGENIC # first 22 letters only
Arguments
x
A single string.
start, nchar
Where to start reading from in x and how many letters to read.
Details

The AAString class is a direct XString subclass (with no additional slot). Therefore all functions and methods described in the XString man page also work with an AAString object (inheritance).

Unlike the BString container that allows storage of any single string (based on a single-byte character set) the AAString container can only store a string based on the Amino Acid alphabet (see below).

The Amino Acid alphabet

This alphabet contains all letters from the Single-Letter Amino Acid Code (see ?AMINO_ACID_CODE) plus "*" (the stop letter), "-" (the gap letter), "+" (the hard masking letter), and "." (the not a letter or not available letter). It is stored in the AA_ALPHABET predefined constant (character vector). The alphabet() function returns AA_ALPHABET when applied to an AAString object.

Constructor-like functions and generics

In the code snippet below, x can be a single string (character vector of length 1) or a BString object.

AAString(x="", start=1, nchar=NA): Tries to convert x into an AAString object by reading nchar letters starting at position start in x.

Accessor methods

In the code snippet below, x is an AAString object.

alphabet(x): If x is an AAString object, then return the Amino Acid alphabet (see above). See the corresponding man pages when x is a BString, DNAString or RNAString object.

See Also

AMINO_ACID_CODE, letter, XString-class, alphabetFrequency

Aliases
  • class:AAString
  • AAString-class
  • AA_ALPHABET
  • AA_STANDARD
  • AA_PROTEINOGENIC
  • AAString
Examples
  AA_ALPHABET
  a <- AAString("MARKSLEMSIR*")
  length(a)
  alphabet(a)
Documentation reproduced from package Biostrings, version 2.34.1, License: Artistic-2.0

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