IJMS, Vol. 22, Pages 10992: MPA_Pathway_Tool: User-Friendly, Automatic Assignment of Microbial Community Data on Metabolic Pathways
International Journal of Molecular Sciences doi: 10.3390/ijms222010992
Taxonomic and functional characterization of microbial communities from diverse environments such as the human gut or biogas plants by multi-omics methods plays an ever more important role. Researchers assign all identified genes, transcripts, or proteins to biological pathways to better understand the function of single species and microbial communities. However, due to the versality of microbial metabolism and a still-increasing number of newly biological pathways, linkage to standard pathway maps such as the KEGG central carbon metabolism is often problematic. We successfully implemented and validated a new user-friendly, stand-alone web application, the MPA_Pathway_Tool. It consists of two parts, called ‘Pathway-Creator’ and ‘Pathway-Calculator’. The ‘Pathway-Creator’ enables an easy set-up of user-defined pathways with specific taxonomic constraints. The ‘Pathway-Calculator’ automatically maps microbial community data from multiple measurements on selected pathways and visualizes the results. The MPA_Pathway_Tool is implemented in Java and ReactJS.
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