IPD - Immuno Polymorphism Database

NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 367
Marsh, Steven; Robinson, James; Halliwell, Jason; Hayhurst, James; Flicek, Paul; Parham, Peter

Database Description

The Immuno Polymorphism Database (IPD) is a set of specialist databases related to the study of polymorphic genes in the immune system. IPD currently consists of four databases: IPD-KIR, contains the allelic sequences of Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors, IPD-MHC, is a database of sequences of the major histocompatibility complex of different species; IPD-HPA, alloantigens expressed only on platelets; and IPD-ESTAB, which provides access to the European Searchable Tumour Cell-Line Database, a cell bank of immunologically characterised melanoma cell lines.

The IPD project works with specialist groups or nomenclature committees who provide and curate individual sections before they are submitted to IPD for online publication. The IPD project stores all the data in a set of related databases. Those sections with similar data, such as IPD-KIR and IPD-MHC share the same database structure. The sharing of a common database structure makes it easier to implement common tools for data submission and retrieval. The data is currently available online from the website and ftp directory; files will also be made available in different formats to download from the website and ftp server. The data will also be included into SRS, BLAST and FASTA search engines at the European Bioinformatics Institute.


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