SynaptomeDB: an ontology-based knowledgebase for synaptic genes

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Abstract

Motivation: The synapse is integral to the function of the brain and may be an important source of dysfunction underlying many neuropsychiatric disorders. Consequently, it is an excellent candidate for large-scale genomic and proteomic study. However, while the tools and databases available for the annotation of high-throughput DNA and protein are generally robust, a comprehensive resource dedicated to the integration of information about the synapse is lacking.

Results: We present an integrated database, called SynaptomeDB, to retrieve and annotate genes comprising the synaptome. These genes encode components of the synapse including neurotransmitters and their receptors, adhesion/cytoskeletal proteins, scaffold proteins, membrane transporters. SynaptomeDB integrates various and complex data sources for synaptic genes and proteins.

Availability:http://psychiatry.igm.jhmi.edu/SynaptomeDB/

Contact:mpirooz1@jhmi.edu

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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