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dbCRID: a database of chromosomal rearrangements in human diseases

Chromosomal rearrangement (CR) events result from abnormal breaking and rejoining of the DNA molecules, or from crossing-over between repetitive DNA sequences, and they are involved in many tumor and non-tumor diseases. Investigations of disease-associated CR events can not only lead to important discoveries about DNA breakage and repair mechanisms, but also offer important clues about the pathologic causes and the diagnostic/therapeutic targets of these diseases.

We have developed a database of Chromosomal Rearrangements In Diseases (dbCRID), a comprehensive database of human CR events and their associated diseases. For each reported CR event, dbCRID documents the type of the event, the disease or symptoms associated, and—when possible—detailed information about the CR event including precise breakpoint positions, junction sequences, genes and gene regions disrupted and experimental techniques applied to discover/analyze the CR event.

With 2643 records of disease-associated CR events curated from 1172 original studies, dbCRID is a comprehensive and dynamic resource useful for studying DNA breakage and repair mechanisms, and for analyzing the genetic basis of human tumor and non-tumor diseases.

The database is freely available at: http://dbCRID.biolead.org

Kong F, Zhu J, Wu J, Peng J, Wang Y, Wang Q, Fu S, Yuan LL, Li T. (2010) dbCRID: a database of chromosomal rearrangements in human diseases. Nucleic Acids Res [Epub ahead of print].  [article]