1.. General query of MatrisomeDB:


2. Searching MatrisomeDB using Option boxes:

  • The three Option boxes below the Search box can be further used to explicitly select specific Matrisome Categories, Species, and /or Tissues.

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    Users can cancel their selection by holding Ctrl and left-click on the options to be deleted.


Example 1: Entering a partial gene name:

  • To see the distribution of proteins encoded by genes whose symbols contain 'COL4'
    a) Type: COL4 in Search box and click the <strong>search</strong> button.

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    b) The first panel displayed at the top of the Result page is the 'Organ system legend'. Its color code will match that of the tissue types listed at the right of the heatmaps.

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    c) The second panel on the Result page presents a hierarchically-clustered tissue distribution heatmap of all proteins encoded by gene containing in their symbols "COL4". Since the input is case-insensitive both human (COL4A1, COL4A2, COL4A3, COL4A4, COL4A5, COL4A6) and mouse (Col4a1, Col4a2, Col4a3, Col4a4) proteins will be displayed. The color code reflects the confidence score from low (yellow) to high (dark blue).

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    → Clicking on heatmap itself or on "Click here for more heatmap details" will take the user to a separate page that provides a larger view of the confidence-score-based and a second heat map based on total ion count. The data underlying both heatmaps can be downloaded as .csv files by clicking on the provided links.

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    d) The third panel on the Result page presents the details of the query results. All the data can be downloaded by clicking the "Export result as CSV" button located above the Result table.

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    1. Clicking on Gene entry will open the GeneCards page of the selected gene.

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    3. Clicking on UniProt ID will open the UniProt page.

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    5. Clicking on the Description will display a sample-specific and an overall peptide coverage map computed using the data integrated in MatrisomeDB.

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    7. Clicking on Sample type and Reference will take users to the public repository to which the raw mass spectrometry data can be retrieved from and to the original publication reporting the analysis of each specific samples, respectively.



Example 2: Searching for multiple proteins

  • To specifically examine the distribution of the following murine proteins Chondroadherin (Chad), Podocan (Podn), and Hyaluronan And Proteoglycan Link Protein 1 (Hapln1), users can type their gene symbols in the Search box as 'genes=(Chad,Podn,Hapln1)' and click <strong>search</strong> button .

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  • The heatmap returned from the search presents the distribution of all three proteins across different tissues.

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  • The Result table displayed below provides sample-specific information on these three proteins.

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Example 3: Interrogating MatrisomeDB using selections from the Option boxes

  • To examine the distribution of all collagen VI proteins in both human colon and liver including normal and diseased tissues, users should
    a) Input COL6A in the Search box.
    b) Select Human in the Species option box, and Colon, Colon Cancer, Liver, Liver Fibrosis in the Tissue option box.
    c) Then click <strong>search</strong> button.

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  • The results shown correspond exactly to the search parameters specified.


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  • For more information please refer to our publication which also lists additional example.
  • If you have any questions or identify a technical issue, please contact Gao lab @ UIC or the Matrisome team.Thank you for your using MatrisomeDB.