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Database (Oxford). 2014 Apr 7;2014(0):bau028. doi: 10.1093/database/bau028. Print 2014.

The quail anatomy portal.

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School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria 3800, Australia, The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia, Aix Marseille Université, Inserm, GMGF UMR_S 910, 13385 Marseille, France, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Rua da Avenida Grande 6, 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal and Centre for Environmental Biology, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal.


The Japanese quail is a widely used model organism for the study of embryonic development; however, anatomical resources are lacking. The Quail Anatomy Portal (QAP) provides 22 detailed three-dimensional (3D) models of quail embryos during development from embryonic day (E)1 to E15 generated using optical projection tomography. The 3D models provided can be virtually sectioned to investigate anatomy. Furthermore, using the 3D nature of the models, we have generated a tool to assist in the staging of quail samples. Volume renderings of each stage are provided and can be rotated to allow visualization from multiple angles allowing easy comparison of features both between stages in the database and between images or samples in the laboratory. The use of JavaScript, PHP and HTML ensure the database is accessible to users across different operating systems, including mobile devices, facilitating its use in the laboratory.The QAP provides a unique resource for researchers using the quail model. The ability to virtually section anatomical models throughout development provides the opportunity for researchers to virtually dissect the quail and also provides a valuable tool for the education of students and researchers new to the field. DATABASE URL: (For review username: demo, password: quail123).

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