Open Access Database

SORGOdb: Superoxide Reductase Gene Ontology curated DataBase

Céline Lucchetti-Miganeh1*, David Goudenège1, David Thybert12, Gilles Salbert1 and Frédérique Barloy-Hubler1

Author Affiliations

1 CNRS UMR 6026, ICM, Equipe Sp@rte, Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes, France

2 EMBL-EBI Wellcome Trust Genome Campus; Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1SD, UK

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BMC Microbiology 2011, 11:105  doi:10.1186/1471-2180-11-105

Published: 16 May 2011



Superoxide reductases (SOR) catalyse the reduction of superoxide anions to hydrogen peroxide and are involved in the oxidative stress defences of anaerobic and facultative anaerobic organisms. Genes encoding SOR were discovered recently and suffer from annotation problems. These genes, named sor, are short and the transfer of annotations from previously characterized neelaredoxin, desulfoferrodoxin, superoxide reductase and rubredoxin oxidase has been heterogeneous. Consequently, many sor remain anonymous or mis-annotated.


SORGOdb is an exhaustive database of SOR that proposes a new classification based on domain architecture. SORGOdb supplies a simple user-friendly web-based database for retrieving and exploring relevant information about the proposed SOR families. The database can be queried using an organism name, a locus tag or phylogenetic criteria, and also offers sequence similarity searches using BlastP. Genes encoding SOR have been re-annotated in all available genome sequences (prokaryotic and eukaryotic (complete and in draft) genomes, updated in May 2010).


SORGOdb contains 325 non-redundant and curated SOR, from 274 organisms. It proposes a new classification of SOR into seven different classes and allows biologists to explore and analyze sor in order to establish correlations between the class of SOR and organism phenotypes. SORGOdb is freely available at webcite.