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Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D320-3. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq1055. Epub 2010 Nov 17.

Laminin database: a tool to retrieve high-throughput and curated data for studies on laminins.

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  • 1Bioinformatics Laboratory, National Laboratory of Scientific Computation, Ave. Getúlio Vargas 333, 25651-075 Petrópolis, Brazil.

Abstract

The Laminin(LM)-database, hosted at http://www.lm.lncc.br, is the first database focusing a non-collagenous extracellular matrix protein family, the LMs. Part of the knowledge available in this website is automatically retrieved, whereas a significant amount of information is curated and annotated, thus placing LM-database beyond a simple repository of data. In its home page, an overview of the rationale for the database is seen and readers can access a tutorial to facilitate navigation in the website, which in turn is presented with tabs subdivided into LMs, receptors, extracellular binding and other related proteins. Each tab opens into a given LM or LM-related molecule, where the reader finds a series of further tabs for 'protein', 'gene structure', 'gene expression' and 'tissue distribution' and 'therapy'. Data are separated as a function of species, comprising Homo sapiens, Mus musculus and Rattus novergicus. Furthermore, there is specific tab displaying the LM nomenclatures. In another tab, a direct link to PubMed, which can be then consulted in a specific way, in terms of the biological functions of each molecule, knockout animals and genetic diseases, immune response and lymphomas/leukemias. LM-database will hopefully be a relevant tool for retrieving information concerning LMs in health and disease, particularly regarding the hemopoietic system.

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