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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Mineral and Vitamin Interventions for At-risk Populations

Location: Obesity and Metabolism Research Unit

Title: The micronutrient genomics project: a community-driven knowledge base for micronutrient research

item Van Ommen, B -
item El-Sohemy, A -
item Hesketh, John -
item Kaput, Jim -
item Fenech, Michael -
item Evelo, T -
item Mcardle, Harry -
item Bouwman, Jildau -
item Lietz, George -
item Mathers, John -
item Fairweather-Tait, Sue -
item Van Kranen, Henk -
item Elliott, Ruan -
item Wopereis, Suzan -
item Ferguson, Lynnette -
item Meplan, Catherine -
item Perozzi, Giuditta -
item Allen, Lindsay

Submitted to: Genes and Nutrition
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 13, 2010
Publication Date: October 30, 2010
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Citation: Van Ommen, B., El-Sohemy, A., Hesketh, J., Kaput, J., Fenech, M., Evelo, T., Mcardle, H.J., Bouwman, J., Lietz, G., Mathers, J.C., Fairweather-Tait, S., Van Kranen, H., Elliott, R., Wopereis, S., Ferguson, L.R., Meplan, C., Perozzi, G., Allen, L.H. 2010. The micronutrient genomics project: a community-driven knowledge base for micronutrient research. . 5(4):285-296.

Technical Abstract: Micronutrients influence multiple metabolic pathways including oxidative and inflammatory processes. Optimum micronutrient supply is important for the maintenance of homeostasis in metabolism and, ultimately, for maintaining good health. With advances in systems biology and genomics technologies, it is becoming feasible to assess the activity of single and multiple micronutrients in their complete biological context. Existing research collects fragments of information, which are not stored systematically and are thus not optimally disseminated. The Micronutrient Genomics Project (MGP) was established as a community-driven project to facilitate the development of systematic capture, storage, management, analyses, and dissemination of data and knowledge generated by biological studies focused on micronutrient-genome interactions. Specifically, the MGP creates a public portal and open-source bioinformatics toolbox for all "omics" information and evaluation of micronutrient and health studies. The core of the project focuses on access to, and visualization of, genetic/genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic information related to micronutrients. For each micronutrient, an expert group is or will be established combining the various relevant areas (including genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, and epidemiology). Each expert group will (1) collect all available knowledge, (2) collaborate with bioinformatics teams towards constructing the pathways and biological networks, and (3) publish their findings on a regular basis. The project is coordinated in a transparent manner, regular meetings are organized and dissemination is arranged through tools, a toolbox web portal, a communications website and dedicated publications.

Last Modified: 11/26/2015