Zebrafish Information Network
|Description||Zebrafish Model Organism Database.|
|Research center||University of Oregon|
|Primary citation||Bradford & al. (2011)|
The Zebrafish Information Network (ZFIN) is an online biological database of information about the zebrafish (Danio rerio). The zebrafish is a widely used model organism for genetic, genomic, and developmental studies, and ZFIN provides an integrated interface for querying and displaying the large volume of data generated by this research. To facilitate use of the zebrafish as a model of human biology, ZFIN links these data to corresponding information about other model organisms (e.g., mouse) and to human disease databases. Abundant links to external sequence databases (e.g., GenBank) and to genome browsers are included. Gene product, gene expression, and phenotype data are annotated with terms from biomedical ontologies. ZFIN is based at the University of Oregon in the United States, with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
ZFIN consists of two principal parts: (1) a website of community news and announcements, as well as biological resources such as laboratory protocols, a gene nomenclature guide, and anatomy information; and (2) a relational database containing biological data that are curated from the scientific literature and that are directly submitted by zebrafish research laboratories (e.g., Thisse high-throughput gene expression analysis). Information in ZFIN is tightly linked to the web resources of the Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC), which maintains and provides research resources and materials.
ZFIN's relational database interface provides query forms and display pages for the following biological data types:
- Genes, markers, and clones
- Gene expression
- Sequence alignments (BLAST)
- Mutants and transgenic lines
- Genetic maps
ZFIN also maintains a database of zebrafish-related publications, laboratories, people, and companies.
In addition to its specialized search interfaces, ZFIN provides a Google-like global site search.
ZFIN's community wiki gives zebrafish researchers the ability to share information about laboratory protocols and antibodies.
Notes and references
- Bradford, Yvonne; Conlin Tom, Dunn Nathan, Fashena David, Frazer Ken, Howe Douglas G, Knight Jonathan, Mani Prita, Martin Ryan, Moxon Sierra A T, Paddock Holly, Pich Christian, Ramachandran Sridhar, Ruef Barbara J, Ruzicka Leyla, Bauer Schaper Holle, Schaper Kevin, Shao Xiang, Singer Amy, Sprague Judy, Sprunger Brock, Van Slyke Ceri, Westerfield Monte (Jan 2011). "ZFIN: enhancements and updates to the Zebrafish Model Organism Database". Nucleic Acids Res. (in eng) (England) 39 (Database issue): D822–9. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq1077. PMC 3013679. PMID 21036866.
- Sprague et al. (2008). The Zebrafish Information Network: the zebrafish model organism database provides expanded support for genotypes and phenotypes. Nucleic Acids Res 36:D768.
- The Zebrafish Database Project
- B. Thisse and C. Thisse (2004). Fast release clones: a high throughput expression analysis. ZFIN Direct Data Submission.
- ZFIN The Zebrafish Model Organism Database
- Vega Zebrafish Genome Annotation
- FishMap : The Zebrafish Community Genomics Browser maintained at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
- Zebrafish GenomeWiki Beta Preview maintained at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology