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MetaCyc: a multiorganism database of metabolic pathways and enzymes.

by Caspi, R. and Foerster, H. and Fulcher, C.A. and Hopkinson, R. and Ingraham, J. and Kaipa, P. and Krummenacker, M. and Paley, S. and Pick, J. and Rhee, S.Y. and Tissier, C. and Zhang, P. and Karp, P.D.

Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 34, pp. D511-D516, Jan 2006.

Abstract

MetaCyc is a database of metabolic pathways and enzymes located at http://MetaCyc.org/. Its goal is to serve as a metabolic encyclopedia, containing a collection of non-redundant pathways central to small molecule metabolism, which have been reported in the experimental literature. Most of the pathways in MetaCyc occur in microorganisms and plants, although animal pathways are also represented. MetaCyc contains metabolic pathways, enzymatic reactions, enzymes, chemical compounds, genes and review-level comments. Enzyme information includes substrate specificity, kinetic properties, activators, inhibitors, cofactor requirements and links to sequence and structure databases. Data are curated from the primary literature by curators with expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology. MetaCyc serves as a readily accessible comprehensive resource on microbial and plant pathways for genome analysis, basic research, education, metabolic engineering and systems biology. Querying, visualization and curation of the database is supported by SRI’s Pathway Tools software. The PathoLogic component of Pathway Tools is used in conjunction with MetaCyc to predict the metabolic network of an organism from its annotated genome. SRI and the European Bioinformatics Institute employed this tool to create pathway/genome databases (PGDBs) for 165 organisms, available at the BioCyc.org website. These PGDBs also include predicted operons and pathway hole fillers.

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MetaCyc: Metabolic Pathway Database

MetaCyc is a database of nonredundant, experimentally elucidated metabolic pathways. MetaCyc contains more than 1800 pathways from more than 2200 different organisms (circa 2012). The MetaCyc data were curated from more than 33,000 scientific publications. MetaCyc describes metabolic pathways, reactions, enzymes, and metabolites.

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Name Title E-mail
Caspi, Ron MetaCyc Curator
Fulcher, Carol A Scientific Database Curator
Karp, Peter D Director, Bioinformatics Research Group
Krummenacker, Markus Bioinformatics Scientist
Paley, Suzanne Computer Scientist
Subhraveti, Pallavi Scientific Programmer

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