A database that curates new experimental and bioinformatic information about the genes and gene products of the model bacterium Escherichia coli K-12 strain MG1655. It has been created to integrate information from post-genomic experiments into a single resource with the aim of providing functional predictions for the 1500 or so gene products for which we have no knowledge of their physiological function. While EchoBASE provides a basic annotation of the genome, taken from other databases, its novelty is in the curation of post-genomic experiments and their linkage to genes of unknown function. Experiments published on E. coli are curated to one of two levels. Papers dealing with the determination of function of a single gene are briefly described, while larger dataset are actually included in the database and can be searched and manipulated. This includes data for proteomics studies, protein-protein interaction studies, microarray data, functional genomic approaches (looking at multiple deletion strains for novel phenotypes) and a wide range of predictions that come out of in silico bioinformatic approaches. The aim of the database is to provide hypothesis for the functions of uncharacterized gene products that may be used by the E. coli research community to further our knowledge of this model bacterium.
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EchoBASE (http://www.ecoli-york.org) is a relational database designed to contain and manipulate information from post-genomic experiments using the model bacterium Escherichia coli K-12. Its aim is to collate information from a wide range of sources to provide clues to the functions of the approximately 1500 gene products that have no confirmed cellular function. The database is built on an enhanced annotation of the updated genome sequence of strain MG1655 and the association of experimental data with the E.coli genes and their products. Experiments that can be held within EchoBASE include proteomics studies, microarray data, protein-protein interaction data, structural data and bioinformatics studies. EchoBASE also contains annotated information on 'orphan' enzyme activities from this microbe to aid characterization of the proteins that catalyse these elusive biochemical reactions.
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