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Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Jan;37(Database issue):D560-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn717. Epub 2008 Oct 25.

FlyEx, the quantitative atlas on segmentation gene expression at cellular resolution.

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Department of Computational Biology, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, St. Petersburg 195251, Russia.


The datasets on gene expression are the valuable source of information about the functional state of an organism. Recently, we have acquired the large dataset on expression of segmentation genes in the Drosophila blastoderm. To provide efficient access to the data, we have developed the FlyEx database ( FlyEx contains 4716 images of 14 segmentation gene expression patterns obtained from 1579 embryos and 9,500,000 quantitative data records. Reference data are available for all segmentation genes in cycles 11-13 and all temporal classes of cycle 14A. FlyEx supports operations on images of gene expression patterns. The database can be used to examine the quality of data, analyze the dynamics of formation of segmentation gene expression domains, as well as to estimate the variability of gene expression patterns. Currently, a user is able to monitor and analyze the dynamics of formation of segmentation gene expression domains over the whole period of segment determination, that amounts to 1.5 h of development. FlyEx supports the data downloads and construction of personal reference datasets, that makes it possible to more effectively use and analyze data.

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