Both authors contributed equally.
LOVD v.2.0: the next generation in gene variant databases†
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
© 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Special Issue: Bioinformatics for Human Genetics: Promises and Challenges, A Human Variome Project Special Issue
Volume 32, Issue 5, pages 557–563, May 2011
How to Cite
Fokkema, I. F. A. C., Taschner, P. E. M., Schaafsma, G. C. P., Celli, J., Laros, J. F. J. and den Dunnen, J. T. (2011), LOVD v.2.0: the next generation in gene variant databases. Hum. Mutat., 32: 557–563. doi: 10.1002/humu.21438
For the HVP Bioinformatics Special Issue
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 25 JAN 2011 02:56PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Received: 12 OCT 2010
- The European Community's Seventh Framework Programme. Grant Number: FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. 200754—the GEN2PHEN project
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Locus-Specific DataBases (LSDBs) store information on gene sequence variation associated with human phenotypes and are frequently used as a reference by researchers and clinicians. We developed the Leiden Open-source Variation Database (LOVD) as a platform-independent Web-based LSDB-in-a-Box package. LOVD was designed to be easy to set up and maintain and follows the Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) recommendations. Here we describe LOVD v.2.0, which adds enhanced flexibility and functionality and has the capacity to store sequence variants in multiple genes per patient. To reduce redundancy, patient and sequence variant data are stored in separate tables. Tables are linked to generate connections between sequence variant data for each gene and every patient. The dynamic structure allows database managers to add custom columns. The database structure supports fast queries and allows storage of sequence variants from high-throughput sequence analysis, as demonstrated by the X-chromosomal Mental Retardation LOVD installation. LOVD contains measures to ensure database security from unauthorized access. Currently, the LOVD Website (http://www.LOVD.nl/) lists 71 public LOVD installations hosting 3,294 gene variant databases with 199,000 variants in 84,000 patients. To promote LSDB standardization and thereby database interoperability, we offer free server space and help to establish an LSDB on our Leiden server.
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