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Archaeal and Bacterial ABC Transporter Database

ABCdb is a public resource devoted to the ATP-binding Cassette (ABC) transporters encoded by completely sequenced prokaryotic genomes. In order to establish, in a complete genome, the repertory of ABC systems, we have to: i) identify the different partners, ii) assemble the partners in putative systems, and iii) classify the system into the correct functional subfamily (Quentin et al., 2002). The main pitfalls were the identification of loosely conserved domains and the assembly of partners encoded by genes dispersed over the chromosome. In order to face the avalanche of newly sequenced genomes, we decided to also feed into the database the raw prediction issued by this automatic procedure, before time consuming review by an expert occurs. Therefore, the database comprises two sections: CleanDb, for data checked by an expert and AutoDb for raw data. The ABC proteins are involved in a wide variety of physiological processes in Archaea, Bacteria and Eucaryota where they are encoded by large families of paralogous genes. The majority of ABC domains energize the transport of compounds across membranes. In bacteria, ABC transporters are involved in the uptake of a wide variety of molecules, as well as in mechanisms of virulence and antibiotic resistance. In eukaryotes, most of them are involved in drug resistance and in human cell, many are associated with diseases. Sequence analysis reveals that members of the ABC superfamily can be organized into sub-families, and suggests that they have diverged from common ancestral forms. A typical ABC transporter system is composed of an assembly of protein domains that serve different functions: i) two Nucleotide Binding Domains (NBD) that energize transport via ATP hydrolysis, ii) two Membrane Spanning Domains (MSD) that act as a membrane channel for the substrate, and iii) for the importer, a Solute Binding Protein (SBP) that confers substrates specificity on the transporter. The different partners of an ABC system are generally encoded by neighboring genes. The database includes information on: * ABC transporters * Protein partners * Protein domains (NBD, MSD and SBP) * Classification of ABC transporters and their protein partners * Taxonomy of the species Each model Protein includes a link to the Peptide sequence, general information extracted from EMBL files, and specific tags to store results of predictions. The results of the annotation procedure are reachable through the class Prediction. The origin of the proteins is modeled as a path through the classes Chromosome, Strain, Species, and Taxon. Assembly and protein compilation tables are also provided for each of the chromosomes ( Assembly and Protein ).

URL: http://www-abcdb.biotoul.fr

Resource ID: nif-0000-02530     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


abc transporters, archaea, bacteria, prokaryotic genomes, genome, complete genome




Archaeal and Bacterial ABC Systems database

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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, ACI-IMPbio,

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12:00am September 8, 2010

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Created 3 weeks ago by Christie Wang

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ABCdb: an online resource for ABC transporter repertories from sequenced archaeal and bacterial genomes.

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The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters are one of the major classes of active transporters. They are widespread in archaea, bacteria, and eukaryota, indicating that they have arisen early in evolution. They are involved in many essential physiological processes, but the majority import or export a wide variety of compounds across cellular membranes. These systems share a common architecture composed of four (exporters) or five (importers) domains. To identify and reconstruct functional ABC transporters encoded by archaeal and bacterial genomes, we have developed a bioinformatic strategy. Cross-reference to the transport classification system is used to predict the type of compound transported. A high quality of annotation is achieved by manual verification of the predictions. However, in order to face the rapid increase in the number of published genomes, we also include analyses of genomes issuing directly from the automated strategy. Querying the database (http://www-abcdb.biotoul.fr) allows to easily retrieve ABC transporter repertories and related data. Additional query tools have been developed for the analysis of the ABC family from both functional and evolutionary perspectives.