dictyBase, the model organism database for Dictyostelium discoideum.

Rex L. Chisholm*, Pascale Gaudet, Eric M. Just, Karen E. Pilcher, Petra Fey, Sohel N. Merchant, Warren A. Kibbe

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dictyBase (http://dictybase.org) is the model organism database (MOD) for the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. The unique biology and phylogenetic position of Dictyostelium offer a great opportunity to gain knowledge of processes not characterized in other organisms. The recent completion of the 34 MB genome sequence, together with the sizable scientific literature using Dictyostelium as a research organism, provided the necessary tools to create a well-annotated genome. dictyBase has leveraged software developed by the Saccharomyces Genome Database and the Generic Model Organism Database project. This has reduced the time required to develop a full-featured MOD and greatly facilitated our ability to focus on annotation and providing new functionality. We hope that manual curation of the Dictyostelium genome will facilitate the annotation of other genomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)D423-427
JournalNucleic acids research
Issue numberDatabase issue
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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