- eMouseAtlas: An atlas-based resource for understanding mammalian embryogenesis. [PMID: 28161522]
Chris Armit, Lorna Richardson, Shanmugasundaram Venkataraman, Liz Graham, Nicholas Burton, Bill Hill, Yiya Yang, Richard A Baldock
Developmental biology 2017:423(1)
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Abstract: The eMouseAtlas resource is an online database of 3D digital models of mouse development, an ontology of mouse embryo anatomy and a gene-expression database with about 30K spatially mapped gene-expression patterns. It is closely linked with the MGI/GXD database at the Jackson Laboratory and holds links to almost all available image-based gene-expression data for the mouse embryo. In this resource article we describe the novel web-based tools we have developed for 3D visualisation of embryo anatomy and gene expression. We show how mapping of gene expression data onto spatial models delivers a framework for capturing gene expression that enhances our understanding of development, and we review the exploratory tools utilised by the EMAGE gene expression database as a means of defining co-expression of in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry, and lacZ-omic expression patterns. We report on recent developments of the eHistology atlas and our use of web-services to support embedding of the online 'The Atlas of Mouse Development' in the context of other resources such as the DMDD mouse phenotype database. In addition, we discuss new developments including a cellular-resolution placental atlas, third-party atlas models, clonal analysis data and a new interactive eLearning resource for developmental processes. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
- eMouseAtlas informatics: embryo atlas and gene expression database. [PMID: 26296321]
Chris Armit, Lorna Richardson, Bill Hill, Yiya Yang, Richard A Baldock
Mammalian genome : official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society 2015:26(9-10)
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Abstract: A significant proportion of developmental biology data is presented in the form of images at morphologically diverse stages of development. The curation of these datasets presents different challenges to that of sequence/text-based data. Towards this end, the eMouseAtlas project created a digital atlas of mouse embryo development as a means of understanding developmental anatomy and exploring the relationship between genes and development in a spatial context. Using the morphological staging system pioneered by Karl Theiler, the project has generated 3D models of post-implantation mouse development and used them as a spatial framework for the delineation of anatomical components and for archiving in situ gene expression data in the EMAGE database. This has allowed us to develop a unique online resource for mouse developmental biology. We describe here the underlying structure of the resource, as well as some of the tools that have been developed to allow users to mine the curated image data. These tools include our IIP3D/X3DOM viewer that allows 3D visualisation of anatomy and/or gene expression in the context of a web browser, and the eHistology resource that extends this functionality to allow visualisation of high-resolution cellular level images of histology sections. Furthermore, we review some of the informatics aspects of eMouseAtlas to provide a deeper insight into the use of the atlas and gene expression database.
- eMouseAtlas, EMAGE, and the spatial dimension of the transcriptome. [PMID: 22847374]
Chris Armit, Shanmugasundaram Venkataraman, Lorna Richardson, Peter Stevenson, Julie Moss, Liz Graham, Allyson Ross, Yiya Yang, Nicholas Burton, Jianguo Rao, Bill Hill, Dominic Rannie, Mike Wicks, Duncan Davidson, Richard Baldock
Mammalian genome : official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society 2012:23(9-10)
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Abstract: eMouseAtlas (www.emouseatlas.org) is a comprehensive online resource to visualise mouse development and investigate gene expression in the mouse embryo. We have recently deployed a completely redesigned Mouse Anatomy Atlas website (www.emouseatlas.org/emap/ema) that allows users to view 3D embryo reconstructions, delineated anatomy, and high-resolution histological sections. A new feature of the website is the IIP3D web tool that allows a user to view arbitrary sections of 3D embryo reconstructions using a web browser. This feature provides interactive access to very high-volume 3D images via a tiled pan-and-zoom style interface and circumvents the need to download large image files for visualisation. eMouseAtlas additionally includes EMAGE (Edinburgh Mouse Atlas of Gene Expression) (www.emouseatlas.org/emage), a freely available, curated online database of in situ gene expression patterns, where gene expression domains extracted from raw data images are spatially mapped into atlas embryo models. In this way, EMAGE introduces a spatial dimension to transcriptome data and allows exploration of the spatial similarity between gene expression patterns. New features of the EMAGE interface allow complex queries to be built, and users can view and compare multiple gene expression patterns. EMAGE now includes mapping of 3D gene expression domains captured using the imaging technique optical projection tomography. 3D mapping uses WlzWarp, an open-source software tool developed by eMouseAtlas.
- A real mouse for your computer. [PMID: 1445290]
R Baldock, J Bard, M Kaufman, D Davidson
BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology 1992:14(7)
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