The micronutrient genomics project: a community driven knowledge base for micronutrient research

Ommen, Ben van and El-Sohemy, A. and et al, . (2010) The micronutrient genomics project: a community driven knowledge base for micronutrient research. Genes & Nutrition, 5 (4). pp. 285-296.

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Micronutrients influence multiple metabolic pathways including oxidative and inflammatory processes. Optimum micronutrient supply is important for the maintenance of homeostasis in metabolism and, ultimately, for maintaining good health. With advances in systems biology and genomics technologies, it is becoming feasible to assess the activity of single and multiple micronutrients in their complete biological context. Existing research collects fragments of information, which are not stored systematically and are thus not optimally disseminated. The Micronutrient Genomics Project (MGP) was established as a community driven project to facilitate the development of systematic capture, storage, management, analyses, and dissemination of data and knowledge generated by biological studies focused on micronutrient – genome interactions. Specifically, the MGP creates a public portal and open source bioinformatics toolbox for all "omics" information and evaluation of micronutrient and health studies. The core of the project focuses on access to, and visualisation of, genetic/genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic information related to micronutrients. For each micronutrient, an expert group is or will be established combining the various relevant areas (including genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, and epidemiology). Each expert group will (i) collect all available knowledge, (ii) collaborate with bioinformatics teams towards constructing the pathways and biological networks, and (iii) publish their findings on a regular basis. The project is coordinated in a transparent manner, regular meetings are organized and dissemination is arranged through tools, a toolbox web portal, a communications website and dedicated publications.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: TNO Quality of Life, P.O. Box 360, 3700 AJ Zeist, The Netherlands
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics/Genomics
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Sandhya Gir
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 17:39
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 17:40
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