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Adding a new species and functional data

Adding a species requires multiple steps, follow the steps below for each species.

Adding the species and sequences

On the 'Admin panel', under 'Add' select 'Species'. Fill in the full scientific name (or the name you wish to appear on the website) for the species and select a 'three letter code', that is unque for the species (we recommend a combination of genus and species cfr. Homo sapiens = hsa, note that while three characters is recommended it is not required, longer codes are possible).

Some visualizations require a color specific for each species, these can be entered using the controls below (clicking the box opens a color picker, there is no need to manually add in hex values).

Finally, select a fasta file with coding sequences, in the fasta headers the gene name (and only the name) needs to be present. These are the names genes will receive on the website.


To upload the data and add the species to the database click 'Add species'

Adding descriptions to sequences

In the 'Admin panel', under 'Add' -> 'Sequence descriptions'.

Select the species and a tab-delimited file containing on a single line the gene ID and description (example below). Click Add descriptions to upload the file and add the description to the database.

gene01    gene01 description
gene02    gene02 description
gene03    gene03 description

Note: This step can be very time consuming if Whooshee indexing is enabled in your config! When setting up a database with multiple species, consider disabling indexing while building the DB and later enabling it + rebuilding the index (found under controls in the admin panel).

Adding functional Annotation to sequences

GO terms can be imported from tab delimited files, containing 3 columns: gene name, GO label and the evidence tag.

Gene1   GO:0004621  IEA
Gene1   GO:0004622  IEA
Gene2   GO:0000227  ISS

In the 'Admin panel', under 'Add' -> 'GO Genes' such a file can be uploaded, for a species. Additionally a description needs to be provided from where the GO terms in the file originate from (the source).

GO gene

InterPro domains can be imported directly from InterProScan output. To do so, in the 'Admin panel', under 'Add' -> 'InterPro genes' select a species, select the file and click 'Add InterPro'

InterPro gene

Adding external references and aliases/tokens

Some genes have an short handle that is easier to remember, this is also called the alias, gene symbol or token. CoNekT uses these short labels in network graphs when they are available. In addition to this, external references can be added to genes connecting your release with existing platforms.

In the 'Admin panel', under 'Add' -> XRefs Genes this can be done. Select the species first, and as platform select custom. Select a file containing the xrefs, here a tab-delimited file is required with four columns, the gene ID in CoNekT, the gene ID or token, the name of the external platform or 'token' in case it is a symbol/alias/token, and a url (empty in case no link exists).

Gene1   GN01    token   
Gene1   alternative_name    token 
Gene1   gene1   other_db 

xrefs gene