Scientific article

Federated two-dimensional electrophoresis database: a simple means of publishing two-dimensional electrophoresis data

Published inElectrophoresis, vol. 17, no. 3, p. 540-546
Publication date1996

While a two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) database is a relatively old concept, in recent years it generated renewed interest within the 2-DE community due to two main factors: (i) The high reproducibility of the current 2-DE method allows 2-DE images to be exchanged and compared between laboratories. (ii) The recent development of faster and more powerful techniques for protein identification such as microsequencing, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and amino acid composition makes the production of reference protein maps and 2-DE databases cost- and time-effective. Additionally, the Internet network's current increase in popularity, combined with the rapid growth of Internet-connected laboratories, provides a straightforward means of publishing and sharing 2-DE data. While a small number of laboratories have already successfully published their data over the net, the increasing number of 2-DE database servers that are currently being set up will sooner or later require some kind of standardization. Unfortunately, standardization can be a long and cumbersome process inevitably leading to undesirable compromises. A federated database offers a simple and efficient way to publish and share 2-DE data without the need for standardization. Taking advantage of Internet protocols such as World Wide Web, they allow each laboratory to maintain their own database and to interconnect it with other similar databases through the use of active cross-references. This paper first presents guidelines for building a federated 2-DE database that may easily be followed by most laboratories. It then briefly reviews the state-of-the-art in networked 2-DE databases, and finally describes the SWISS-2DPAGE database which fully implements the concept of a federated 2-DE database.

  • Automatic Data Processing
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Databases, Factual
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional
  • Humans
  • Proteins
  • Publishing
  • Reproducibility of Results
Citation (ISO format)
APPEL, Ron David et al. Federated two-dimensional electrophoresis database: a simple means of publishing two-dimensional electrophoresis data. In: Electrophoresis, 1996, vol. 17, n° 3, p. 540–546. doi: 10.1002/elps.1150170324
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