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FusoBase: an online Fusobacterium comparative genomic analysis platform

Mia Yang Ang, Hamed Heydari, Nick S. Jakubovics, Mahafizul Imran Mahmud, Avirup Dutta, Wei Yee Wee, Guat Jah Wong, Naresh V.R. Mutha, Shi Yang Tan and Siew Woh Choo

in Database

Volume 2014, issue ISSN: 0000-0000
Published online August 2014 | e-ISSN: 1758-0463 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/database/bau082

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Fusobacterium are anaerobic gram-negative bacteria that have been associated with a wide spectrum of human infections and diseases. As the biology of Fusobacterium is still not well understood, comparative genomic analysis on members of this species will provide further insights on their taxonomy, phylogeny, pathogenicity and other information that may contribute to better management of infections and diseases. To facilitate the ongoing genomic research on Fusobacterium, a specialized database with easy-to-use analysis tools is necessary. Here we present FusoBase, an online database providing access to genome-wide annotated sequences of Fusobacterium strains as well as bioinformatics tools, to support the expanding scientific community. Using our custom-developed Pairwise Genome Comparison tool, we demonstrate how differences between two user-defined genomes and how insertion of putative prophages can be identified. In addition, Pathogenomics Profiling Tool is capable of clustering predicted genes across Fusobacterium strains and visualizing the results in the form of a heat map with dendrogram.

Database URL: http://fusobacterium.um.edu.my.

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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Ecology and Conservation ; Evolutionary Biology

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