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LiverWiki: A wiki-based database for human liver

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Background: Recent advances in omics technology have produced a large amount of liver-related data. A comprehensive and up-to-date source of liver-related data is needed to allow biologists to access the latest data. However, current liver-related data sources each cover only a specific part of the liver. It is difficult for them to keep pace with the rapid increase of liver-related data available at those data resources. Integrating diverse liver-related data is a critical yet formidable challenge, as it requires sustained human effort. Results: We present LiverWiki, a first wiki-based database that integrates liver-related genes, homolog genes, gene expressions in microarray datasets and RNA-Seq datasets, proteins, protein interactions, post-translational modifications, associated pathways, diseases, metabolites identified in the metabolomics datasets, and literatures into an easily accessible and searchable resource for community-driven sharing. LiverWiki houses information in a total of 141,897 content pages, including 19,787 liver-related gene pages, 17,077 homolog gene pages, 50,251 liver-related protein pages, 36,122 gene expression pages, 2067 metabolites identified in the metabolomics datasets, 16,366 disease-related molecules, and 227 liver disease pages. Other than assisting users in searching, browsing, reviewing, refining the contents on LiverWiki, the most important contribution of LiverWiki is to allow the community to create and update biological data of liver in visible and editable tables. This integrates newly produced data with existing knowledge. Implemented in mediawiki, LiverWiki provides powerful extensions to support community contributions. Conclusions: The main goal of LiverWiki is to provide the research community with comprehensive liver-related data, as well as to allow the research community to share their liver-related data flexibly and efficiently. It also enables rapid sharing new discoveries by allowing the discoveries to be integrated and shared immediately, rather than relying on expert curators. The database is available online at http://liverwiki.hupo.org.cn /.

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Chen, T., Li, M., He, Q., Zou, L., Li, Y., Chang, C., … Zhu, Y. (2017). LiverWiki: A wiki-based database for human liver. BMC Bioinformatics, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-017-1852-0

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