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Ashbya Genome Database 3.0: a cross-species genome and transcriptome browser for yeast biologists

Alexandre Gattiker1, Riccarda Rischatsch1, Philippe Demougin1, Sylvia Voegeli1, Fred S Dietrich2, Peter Philippsen1 and Michael Primig1*

Author Affiliations

1 Biozentrum & Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Klingelbergstrasse 50-70, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland

2 Duke University, Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710, USA

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BMC Genomics 2007, 8:9  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-8-9

Published: 9 January 2007

Abstract

Background

The Ashbya Genome Database (AGD) 3.0 is an innovative cross-species genome and transcriptome browser based on release 40 of the Ensembl developer environment.

Description

AGD 3.0 provides information on 4726 protein-encoding loci and 293 non-coding RNA genes present in the genome of the filamentous fungus Ashbya gossypii. A synteny viewer depicts the chromosomal location and orientation of orthologous genes in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genome-wide expression profiling data obtained with high-density oligonucleotide microarrays (GeneChips) are available for nearly all currently annotated protein-coding loci in A. gossypii and S. cerevisiae.

Conclusion

AGD 3.0 hence provides yeast- and genome biologists with comprehensive report pages including reliable DNA annotation, Gene Ontology terms associated with S. cerevisiae orthologues and RNA expression data as well as numerous links to external sources of information. The database is accessible at http://agd.vital-it.ch/ webcite.