MEPD: medaka expression pattern database, genes and more
Authors: Alonso-Barba JI, Rahman RU, Wittbrodt J, Mateo JL
CellNetworks People: Wittbrodt Joachim
Journal: Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D819-21. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1029

The Medaka Expression Pattern Database (MEPD; is designed as a repository of medaka expression data for the scientific community. In this update we present two main improvements. First, we have changed the previous clone-centric view for in situ data to a gene-centric view. This is possible because now we have linked all the data present in MEPD to the medaka gene annotation in ENSEMBL. In addition, we have also connected the medaka genes in MEPD to their corresponding orthologous gene in zebrafish, again using the ENSEMBL database. Based on this, we provide a link to the Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN) to allow researches to compare expression data between these two fish model organisms. As a second major improvement, we have modified the design of the database to enable it to host regulatory elements, promoters or enhancers, expression patterns in addition to gene expression. The combination of gene expression, by traditional in situ, and regulatory element expression, typically by fluorescence reporter gene, within the same platform assures consistency in terms of annotation. In our opinion, this will allow researchers to uncover new insights between the expression domain of genes and their regulatory landscape.