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Import, Modify, and Export Motifs with R

Bioconductor version: Release (3.18)

Allows for importing most common motif types into R for use by functions provided by other Bioconductor motif-related packages. Motifs can be exported into most major motif formats from various classes as defined by other Bioconductor packages. A suite of motif and sequence manipulation and analysis functions are included, including enrichment, comparison, P-value calculation, shuffling, trimming, higher-order motifs, and others.

Author: Benjamin Jean-Marie Tremblay [aut, cre] , Spencer Nystrom [ctb]

Maintainer: Benjamin Jean-Marie Tremblay <benjamin.tremblay at>

Citation (from within R, enter citation("universalmotif")):


To install this package, start R (version "4.3") and enter:

if (!require("BiocManager", quietly = TRUE))


For older versions of R, please refer to the appropriate Bioconductor release.


To view documentation for the version of this package installed in your system, start R and enter:

Introduction to "universalmotif" PDF R Script
Introduction to sequence motifs PDF R Script
Motif comparisons and P-values PDF R Script
Motif import, export, and manipulation PDF R Script
Sequence manipulation and scanning PDF R Script
Reference Manual PDF


biocViews DataImport, GeneRegulation, MotifAnnotation, MotifDiscovery, Software
Version 1.20.0
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.8 (R-3.5) (5.5 years)
License GPL-3
Depends R (>= 3.5.0)
Imports methods, stats, utils, MASS, ggplot2, yaml, IRanges, Rcpp, Biostrings, BiocGenerics, S4Vectors, rlang, grid, MatrixGenerics
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Suggests spelling, knitr, bookdown, TFBSTools, rmarkdown, MotifDb, testthat, BiocParallel, seqLogo, motifStack, dplyr, ape, ggtree, processx, ggseqlogo, cowplot, GenomicRanges, ggbio
Linking To Rcpp, RcppThread
Enhances PWMEnrich, rGADEM
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Imports Me circRNAprofiler, memes
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