VisANT: data-integrating visual framework for biological networks and modules

Nucleic Acids Res. 2005 Jul 1;33(Web Server issue):W352-7. doi: 10.1093/nar/gki431.


VisANT is a web-based software framework for visualizing and analyzing many types of networks of biological interactions and associations. Networks are a useful computational tool for representing many types of biological data, such as biomolecular interactions, cellular pathways and functional modules. Given user-defined sets of interactions or groupings between genes or proteins, VisANT provides: (i) a visual interface for combining and annotating network data, (ii) supporting function and annotation data for different genomes from the Gene Ontology and KEGG databases and (iii) the statistical and analytical tools needed for extracting topological properties of the user-defined networks. Users can customize, modify, save and share network views with other users, and import basic network data representations from their own data sources, and from standard exchange formats such as PSI-MI and BioPAX. The software framework we employ also supports the development of more sophisticated visualization and analysis functions through its open API for Java-based plug-ins. VisANT is distributed freely via the web at and can also be downloaded for individual use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Genome
  • Internet
  • Macromolecular Substances / metabolism
  • Metabolism*
  • Protein Interaction Mapping*
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Software*
  • Systems Integration
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Macromolecular Substances