DOOR: a prokaryotic operon database for genome analyses and functional inference

Journal Article

Abstract The rapid accumulation of fully sequenced prokaryotic genomes provides unprecedented information for biological studies of bacterial and archaeal organisms in a systematic manner. Operons are the basic functional units for conducting such studies. Here, we review an operon database DOOR (the Database of prOkaryotic OpeRons) that we have previously developed and continue to update. Currently, the database contains 6 975 454 computationally predicted operons in 2072 complete genomes. In addition, the database also contains the following information: (i) transcriptional units for 24 genomes derived using publicly available transcriptomic data; (ii) orthologous gene mapping across genomes; (iii) 6408 cis-regulatory motifs for transcriptional factors of some operons for 203 genomes; (iv) 3 456 718 Rho-independent terminators for 2072 genomes; as well as (v) a suite of tools in support of applications of the predicted operons. In this review, we will explain how such data are computationally derived and demonstrate how they can be used to derive a wide range of higher-level information needed for systems biology studies to tackle complex and fundamental biology questions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cao, H; Ma, Q; Chen, X; Xu, Y

Published Date

  • July 19, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1568 - 1577

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1477-4054

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1467-5463

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/bib/bbx088


  • en