NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 890
Potapov A.1, Liebich I.1,2, Dönitz J.1, Schwarzer K.1, Sasse N.1, Schoeps T.1, Crass T.1 and Wingender E.1,2
1Dept. of Bioinformatics, University of Göttingen / Medical School, Goldschmidtstr. 1, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
2BIOBASE GmbH, Halchtersche Str. 33, D-38304 Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Database Description

EndoNet is a new database that provides information about the components of endocrine networks and their relations. It focuses on the endocrine cell-to-cell communication and enables the analysis of intercellular regulatory pathways in humans. In the EndoNet data model, two classes of components span a bipartite directed graph. One class represents the hormones (in the broadest sense) secreted by defined donor cells. The other class consists of the acceptor or target cells expressing the corresponding hormone receptors. The identity and anatomical environment of cell types, tissues and organs is defined through references to the CYTOMER? ontology. With the EndoNet user interface, it is possible to query the database for hormones, receptors or tissues and to combine several items from different search rounds in one complex result set, from which a network can be reconstructed and visualized. For each entity, a detailed characteristics page is available. Some well-established endocrine pathways are offered as show cases in the form of predefined result sets. These sets can be used as a starting point for a more complex query or for obtaining a quick overview.

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