- COLOMBOS v3.0: leveraging gene expression compendia for cross-species analyses. [PMID: 26586805]
Marco Moretto, Paolo Sonego, Nicolas Dierckxsens, Matteo Brilli, Luca Bianco, Daniela Ledezma-Tejeida, Socorro Gama-Castro, Marco Galardini, Chiara Romualdi, Kris Laukens, Julio Collado-Vides, Pieter Meysman, Kristof Engelen
Nucleic acids research 2016:44(D1)
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Abstract: COLOMBOS is a database that integrates publicly available transcriptomics data for several prokaryotic model organisms. Compared to the previous version it has more than doubled in size, both in terms of species and data available. The manually curated condition annotation has been overhauled as well, giving more complete information about samples' experimental conditions and their differences. Functionality-wise cross-species analyses now enable users to analyse expression data for all species simultaneously, and identify candidate genes with evolutionary conserved expression behaviour. All the expression-based query tools have undergone a substantial improvement, overcoming the limit of enforced co-expression data retrieval and instead enabling the return of more complex patterns of expression behaviour. COLOMBOS is freely available through a web application at http://colombos.net/. The complete database is also accessible via REST API or downloadable as tab-delimited text files. © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.
- COLOMBOS v2.0: an ever expanding collection of bacterial expression compendia. [PMID: 24214998]
Pieter Meysman, Paolo Sonego, Luca Bianco, Qiang Fu, Daniela Ledezma-Tejeida, Socorro Gama-Castro, Veerle Liebens, Jan Michiels, Kris Laukens, Kathleen Marchal, Julio Collado-Vides, Kristof Engelen
Nucleic acids research 2014:42(Database issue)
16 Citations (Google Scholar as of 2016-01-28)
Abstract: The COLOMBOS database (http://www.colombos.net) features comprehensive organism-specific cross-platform gene expression compendia of several bacterial model organisms and is supported by a fully interactive web portal and an extensive web API. COLOMBOS was originally published in PLoS One, and COLOMBOS v2.0 includes both an update of the expression data, by expanding the previously available compendia and by adding compendia for several new species, and an update of the surrounding functionality, with improved search and visualization options and novel tools for programmatic access to the database. The scope of the database has also been extended to incorporate RNA-seq data in our compendia by a dedicated analysis pipeline. We demonstrate the validity and robustness of this approach by comparing the same RNA samples measured in parallel using both microarrays and RNA-seq. As far as we know, COLOMBOS currently hosts the largest homogenized gene expression compendia available for seven bacterial model organisms.
- COLOMBOS: access port for cross-platform bacterial expression compendia. [PMID: 21779320]
Kristof Engelen, Qiang Fu, Pieter Meysman, Aminael Sánchez-Rodríguez, Riet De Smet, Karen Lemmens, Ana Carolina Fierro, Kathleen Marchal
PloS one 2011:6(7)
19 Citations (Google Scholar as of 2016-01-28)
Abstract: Microarrays are the main technology for large-scale transcriptional gene expression profiling, but the large bodies of data available in public databases are not useful due to the large heterogeneity. There are several initiatives that attempt to bundle these data into expression compendia, but such resources for bacterial organisms are scarce and limited to integration of experiments from the same platform or to indirect integration of per experiment analysis results. We have constructed comprehensive organism-specific cross-platform expression compendia for three bacterial model organisms (Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium) together with an access portal, dubbed COLOMBOS, that not only provides easy access to the compendia, but also includes a suite of tools for exploring, analyzing, and visualizing the data within these compendia. It is freely available at http://bioi.biw.kuleuven.be/colombos. The compendia are unique in directly combining expression information from different microarray platforms and experiments, and we illustrate the potential benefits of this direct integration with a case study: extending the known regulon of the Fur transcription factor of E. coli. The compendia also incorporate extensive annotations for both genes and experimental conditions; these heterogeneous data are functionally integrated in the COLOMBOS analysis tools to interactively browse and query the compendia not only for specific genes or experiments, but also metabolic pathways, transcriptional regulation mechanisms, experimental conditions, biological processes, etc. We have created cross-platform expression compendia for several bacterial organisms and developed a complementary access port COLOMBOS, that also serves as a convenient expression analysis tool to extract useful biological information. This work is relevant to a large community of microbiologists by facilitating the use of publicly available microarray experiments to support their research.