One Stop Shop for Everything Dictyostelium: dictyBase and the Dicty Stock Center in 2012

  • Petra FeyEmail author
  • Robert J. Dodson
  • Siddhartha Basu
  • Rex L. Chisholm
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 983)


dictyBase (, the model organism database for Dictyostelium discoideum, includes the complete genome sequence and expression data for this organism. Relevant literature is integrated into the database, and gene models and functional annotation are manually curated from experimental results and comparative multigenome analyses. dictyBase has recently expanded to include the genome sequences of three additional Dictyostelids and has added new software tools to facilitate multigenome comparisons. The Dicty Stock Center, a strain and plasmid repository for Dictyostelium research, has relocated to Northwestern University in 2009. This allowed us integrating all Dictyostelium resources to better serve the research community. In this chapter, we will describe how to navigate the Web site and highlight some of our newer improvements.

Key words

Dictyostelium discoideum Database Genomic sequence Multigenome Genome Browser BLAST Gene page Functional annotation Strains Phenotypes 



We thank Kerry Sheppard for her expert technical work at the Dicty Stock Center, Yulia Bushmanova for her contributions to the new gene page layout and the gene model curation tool, and Pascale Gaudet for her many years as a curator of dictyBase. dictyBase and the Dicty Stock Center are funded by National Institutes of Health GM64426, GM087371, and HG0022.s


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Fey
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert J. Dodson
    • 1
  • Siddhartha Basu
    • 1
  • Rex L. Chisholm
    • 1
  1. 1.dictyBase and the Dicty Stock Center, Center for Genetic MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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