PathText: A text mining integrator for biological pathway visualizations

Brian Kemper, Takuya Matsuzaki, Y. Matsuoka, Yoshimasa Tsuruoka, Hiroaki Kitano, Sophia Ananiadou, Jun'ichi Tsujii

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    Motivation: Metabolic and signaling pathways are an increasingly important part of organizing knowledge in systems biology. They serve to integrate collective interpretations of facts scattered throughout literature. Biologists construct a pathway by reading a large number of articles and interpreting them as a consistent network, but most of the models constructed currently lack direct links to those articles. Biologists who want to check the original articles have to spend substantial amounts of time to collect relevant articles and identify the sections relevant to the pathway. Furthermore, with the scientific literature expanding by several thousand papers per week, keeping a model relevant requires a continuous curation effort. In this article, we present a system designed to integrate a pathway visualizer, text mining systems and annotation tools into a seamless environment. This will enable biologists to freely move between parts of a pathway and relevant sections of articles, as well as identify relevant papers from large text bases. The system, PathText, is developed by Systems Biology Institute, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, National Centre for Text Mining (University of Manchester) and the University of Tokyo, and is being used by groups of biologists from these locations. Contact: © The Author(s) 2010. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberbtq221
    Pages (from-to)374-381
    Number of pages7
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


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