dbAMP 2.0: Updated resource for antimicrobial peptides with an enhanced scanning method for genomic and proteomic data

Jhih Hua Jhong, Lantian Yao, Yuxuan Pang, Zhongyan Li, Chia Ru Chung, Rulan Wang, Shangfu Li, Wenshuo Li, Mengqi Luo, Renfei Ma, Yuqi Huang, Xiaoning Zhu, Jiahong Zhang, Hexiang Feng, Qifan Cheng, Chunxuan Wang, Kun Xi, Li Ching Wu, Tzu Hao Chang, Jorng Tzong HorngLizhe Zhu, Ying Chih Chiang, Zhuo Wang, Tzong Yi Lee

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The last 18 months, or more, have seen a profound shift in our global experience, with many of us navigating a once-in-100-year pandemic. To date, COVID-19 remains a life-threatening pandemic with little to no targeted therapeutic recourse. The discovery of novel antiviral agents, such as vaccines and drugs, can provide therapeutic solutions to save human beings from severe infections; however, there is no specifically effective antiviral treatment confirmed for now. Thus, great attention has been paid to the use of natural or artificial antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as these compounds are widely regarded as promising solutions for the treatment of harmful microorganisms. Given the biological significance of AMPs, it was obvious that there was a significant need for a single platform for identifying and engaging with AMP data. This led to the creation of the dbAMP platform that provides comprehensive information about AMPs and facilitates their investigation and analysis. To date, the dbAMP has accumulated 26 447 AMPs and 2262 antimicrobial proteins from 3044 organisms using both database integration and manual curation of >4579 articles. In addition, dbAMP facilitates the evaluation of AMP structures using I-TASSER for automated protein structure prediction and structure-based functional annotation, providing predictive structure information for clinical drug development. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) and third-generation sequencing have been applied to generate large-scale sequencing reads from various environments, enabling greatly improved analysis of genome structure. In this update, we launch an efficient online tool that can effectively identify AMPs from genome/metagenome and proteome data of all species in a short period. In conclusion, these improvements promote the dbAMP as one of the most abundant and comprehensively annotated resources for AMPs. The updated dbAMP is now freely accessible at http://awi.cuhk.edu.cn/dbAMP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D460-D470
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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