A database on natural and transgenic luminous microorganisms: BiolumBase
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The database BiolumBase was designed for the collection and systematization of available information on microorganisms containing bioluminescent systems; it includes two sections: natural and transgenic luminous microorganisms. By now, logic schemes of these sections have been developed, classification of the objects has been performed, ways of presentation of characteristics and structure of fields for input of information have been elaborated, and the necessary program modules have been developed. The database is filled on the basis of published data and our own experimental results; subsequent linkage of the database to the Internet is envisaged. Users will be able to obtain not only catalogues of strains but also information concerning the properties and functions of the known species of luminous bacteria, the structure, regulatory mechanisms, and application of bioluminescent systems and genetically engineered constructions with lux genes, as well as to find references and to search strains by using any set of attributes. The database will provide information that is of interest for the development of microbial ecology and biotechnology, in particular, for the prediction of biological hazard from the application of transgenic strains.
Key wordsdatabase bioluminescence natural and transgenic luminous microorganisms
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