Services

The Belgian ELIXIR node offers specialized data resources and tools for the European user community. These include databases, data resources and bioinformatics infrastructure that have applications in Plant Sciences, Proteomics and Human Data.

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Unipept is an open source web application developed at Ghent University that is designed for metaproteomics data analysis with a focus on interactive data visualizations. Unipept is powered by an index containing all UniProt entries, a tweaked version of the NCBI taxonomy and a custom lowest common ancestor algorithm. This combination enables a blazingly fast biodiversity analysis of large and complex metaproteome samples. Next to these core functions, Unipept also has a tool for selecting unique peptides for targeted proteomics and for comparing genomes based on peptide similarity.

Unipept 4.0 is the latest release of the Unipept framework and includes a completely new functional analysis tool and an updated database based on UniProt 2018.06. A tutorial on Unipept has been published in 2018. All Unipept journal articles can be found on this page.

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VariantDB is a web-based interactive annotation and filtering platform that automatically annotates variants with allele frequencies, functional impact, pathogenicity predictions and pathway information. VariantDB allows filtering by all annotations, under dominant, recessive or de novo inheritance models. VariantDB is therefore a user-friendly and powerful tool to help in the interpretation of NGS data.

VariantDB was developed at the University of Antwerp and published in Genome Medicine (manuscript).

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WiNGS is being developed to succeed NGS-Logistics, the genomics data sharing platform established at KULeuven. The NGS-Logistics platform is currently deployed at 6 of the 8 genetic centres in Belgium and lets users identify clinically relevant mutations at other genetic centres. Its scope is similar but broader than the more recent Beacon project of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and ELIXIR Europe, which provides a framework for public web services for variant discovery against distributed genomic data collections. The ELIXIR Belgium Human Data consortium, led by KULeuven, has been participating in the ELIXIR Beacon project and maintains a Belgian Beacon node.

The WiNGS (Widely integrated NGS) platform holds significant scalability improvements to tackle the complexity of analysing of Whole-Genome Sequencing (WGS) data. Because of the sensitivity of patient genomes and GDPR requirements, enhanced access control and privacy protection for this integrated platform will be developed. The first manuscript of the platform can be downloaded here.