ATGC transcriptomics – a web-based application to integrate, explore and analyze de novo transcriptomic data

In the last years, applications based on massively parallelized RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) have become valuable approaches for studying non-model species, e.g., without a fully sequenced genome. RNA-seq is a useful tool for detecting novel transcripts and genetic variations and for evaluating differential gene expression by digital measurements. The large and complex datasets resulting from functional genomic experiments represent a challenge in data processing, management, and analysis. This problem is especially significant for small research groups working with non-model species.

Researchers from the CICVYA – INTA have developed a web-based application, called ATGC transcriptomics, with a flexible and adaptable interface that allows users to work with new generation sequencing (NGS) transcriptomic analysis results using an ontology-driven database. This new application simplifies data exploration, visualization, and integration for a better comprehension of the results.

Application schema


Schema illustrating how the four main components interact with the Chado database through the pychado module. Each component contains a set of functions (controllers) and views which enable users to access to the database content

ATGC transcriptomics provides access to non-expert computer users and small research groups to a scalable storage option and simple data integration, including database administration and management.

Availability – The software is freely available under the terms of GNU public license at

Gonzalez S, Clavijo B, Rivarola M, Moreno P, Fernandez P, Dopazo J, Paniego N. (2017) ATGC transcriptomics: a web-based application to integrate, explore and analyze de novo transcriptomic data. BMC Bioinformatics 18(1):121. [article]

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