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Searching for Antibodies
The main way to access information is via the search function. This feature can be accessed from any page and requires inputting a search term in the prominent search box.
The name, clone name, synonym, immunogen and company code fields of each antibody within the CiteAb database are then searched for the inputted term.
The antibodies returned by a search are ranked by the number of times they have been cited and are presented in a table which displays key antibody information. This information includes; the antibody name (blue text), antibody code (under antibody name), name of the company or academic resource who supply the antibody, host species, applications, species reactivity and number of citations.
The information on applications and reactivity includes information from peer reviewed publications (red text) and provided by the companies (black text).
The search results can be filtered by the following features; the company (includes academic resources), host species, application and species reactivity.
Results can also be filtered by the data source, for example users can select to only view applications and reactivity data provided by the company or only that from publications. Future developments will increase the number of filters available.
Selecting an antibody will lead to a specific page for that antibody.
An antibody page displays the antibody name, antibody code, name of the company or academic resource, host species, published applications and published species reactivity.
A recent upgrade of the database has added fields for the following; whether the antibody is polyclonal or monoclonal, clone number if monoclonal, conjugated moiety such as FITC, synonyms for the antigen and information on the immunogen. These fields are only displayed if the information is present in the database.
Fields for company recommended applications and company recommended reactivity have also been added.
The antibody pages have a ‘Report a Problem’ button, enabling users to highlight any errors in the information displayed.
The ‘Add a Publication’ button which allows users to add information on their own publications (see below).
Antibody pages also list the publications that have cited the antibody and each publication has a link to a corresponding ‘publication page’.
The publication pages give information on each publication, including article title, abstract, authors, journal and a list of the antibodies cited in the publication.
This page also includes links to the article page in PubMed and to the publishing journal’s corresponding page. The publication metadata is provided under licence by PubMed a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Browsing Antibodies in CiteAb
Having selected a feature to browse by, for example ‘applications’, an alphabetical list of available applications is displayed.
Selecting a specific application, for example Chromatin Immunoprecipitation, then returns a list of antibodies that are potentially suitable for this application.
You can then browse through these antibodies or add additional filters or search terms, to identify specific antibodies of interest.
Adding information on your publications
Adding publications is carried out using a three step submission process. First, the PubMed ID of the paper is added.
An antibody used in the publication is then selected by its code number and information on the application and species reactivity added.
The second two steps are repeated for each antibody used in the publication. Finally, the information is reviewed and submitted.
If an antibody used in the publication is not currently listed in CiteAb, then a new antibody can be added to the database. In this case the user is asked for key information regarding the antibody including supplier of the antibody, antibody name, antibody code number and host species.
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