The Aspergillus Genome Database FAQ

This page provides answers to some common questions about AspGD.


FAQs about AspGD

Why hasn't AspGD cited my paper?

How do I propose a gene name?

How can I find more information about sequences in AspGD?

How should I cite AspGD?

How can I get more help?

FAQs about Gene Ontology at AspGD

What is Gene Ontology (GO)?

GO is a collaborative project, involving AspGD and other model organism databases, to provide controlled vocabularies that are used to describe the molecular function and cellular location of gene products and the biological process in which they are involved. The three ontologies that comprise GO (Molecular Function, Cellular Component, and Biological Process) are used by multiple databases to annotate gene products, so that this common vocabulary can be used to compare gene products across species. The development of the ontologies is ongoing in order to incorporate new information.

How do I find which genes or proteins are annotated to a GO term?

Whenever a GO term is displayed on an AspGD Locus Summary page, that term is hyperlinked to a list of all gene products annotated to that term in AspGD. You can search for a particular GO term by typing all or part of the term into the Quick Search box at the top of most AspGD pages. This will return a list of all terms matching the search criterion, along with lists of gene products annotated to each term.

How can I analyze the GO terms assigned to a set of genes?

AspGD has two tools for analysis of GO classifications of groups of genes. The GO Slim Mapper tool takes a set of genes specified by the user and maps each to higher-level GO-Slim terms. The GO Term Finder tool takes the user's set of genes of interest and finds GO terms that are shared within the set. Detailed documentation is available on the GO Slim Mapper help page and the GO Term Finder help page, provided by SGD.

How does AspGD assign references for GO terms?

In assigning Gene Ontology (GO) terms, our aim is to annotate each function, process, and location of the gene product with the full set of references that establish the classification. This curation is not yet complete. If your paper has not been cited, feel free to send us an email, and we will add the information as quickly as possible.

FAQs about Aspergillus

What is the difference between Aspergillus nidulans and Emericella nidulans?

Both Aspergillus nidulans and Emericella nidulans refer to the same species, at different stages of its life cycle. Aspergillus nidulans is an "imperfect" stage (anamorph) that reproduces asexually through conidia, whereas Emericella nidulans is a sexually reproducing stage (teleomorph) that produces fruiting bodies, cleistothecia, containing asci with ascospores. Currently, the name Aspergillus nidulans is predominantly used to refer to this species.

I think I may have a fungal infection. What should I do?

Unfortunately, we cannot directly help you because AspGD is a scientific database that provides information about the molecular biology and genetics of the fungal genus Aspergillus to researchers. To find out more information about fungal infections, you can go to a medical library at a local university, search the PubMed database for relevant literature, or browse the Aspergillosis information at MEDLINE Plus. We are not medical doctors and we cannot give medical advice. Please speak to a qualified physician about any medical concerns that you might have.

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