The PharmacoMicrobiomics web portal is a part of an initiative to explore the interactions between human-associated microbes (human microbiome) and drugs by building a knowledgebase that allows interested students and investigators "to predict the behavior of untested members of drug classes or unstudied microbial species, and to design laboratory experiments for testing these predictions. (More in BMC Bioinformatics 2011, 12(Suppl 7):A10)
What to Find Here?
You will be able to find different types of information mostly related to the effect of microbes on drugs (more specifically on the effect of human microbiota on drug disposition or pharmacokinetics). In the future, there may be more information about more complex drug-microbe interactions, and about microbes as drugs, drug factories, or drug-delivery vehicles.
You now can find several entries in the database, including:
- a list of drugs with entries in the database
- the actual list of all body site-drug-microbe interactions
- a list of references to publications describing body site-drug-microbe interactions. Many of those publications have been already curated in the "relations" table, but some of them are not.
You can also find more entries still in "draft" format (mostly Google Docs) that describe a long reading/task list for our current or future curators, and also for those community volunteers who are willing to join our efforts.
Interaction of the Week
|A toxic interaction has been reported in 18 Japanese people upon concomitant administration of sorivudine orally and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Bacteroides species are responsible for this toxicity owing to their production of (E)-5-(2-bromovinyl) uracil (BVU) metabolite which in turn deactivates dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) responsible for the metabolism of 5-FU (Nakayama et al, 1997). (See record)|
This drug-microbiome database was designed and built as the graduation project of the Open Source Technologies track at the Information Technology Institute (ITI) in June, 2011.
Django, the Python-based framework, was used to build the web portal, and JQuery libraries. JLinkPreview plugin is provided by Sarpdoruk Tahmaz. This template is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License by Arcsin Web Templates. The project is hosted by WebFaction.