AVIS: AJAX viewer of interactive signaling networks

Bioinformatics. 2007 Oct 15;23(20):2803-5. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btm444. Epub 2007 Sep 12.


Motivation: Increasing complexity of cell signaling network maps requires sophisticated visualization technologies. Simple web-based visualization tools can allow for improved data presentation and collaboration. Researchers studying cell signaling would benefit from having the ability to embed dynamic cell signaling maps in web pages.

Summary: AVIS is a Google gadget compatible web-based viewer of interactive cell signaling networks. AVIS is an implementation of AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript with XML) with the usage of the libraries GraphViz, ImageMagic (PerlMagic) and overLib. AVIS provides web-based visualization of text-based signaling networks with dynamical zooming, panning and linking capabilities. AVIS is a cross-platform web-based tool that can be used to visualize network maps as embedded objects in any web page. AVIS was implemented for visualization of PathwayGenerator, a tool that displays over 4000 automatically generated mammalian cell signaling maps; NodeNeighborhood a tool to visualize first and second interacting neighbors of yeast and mammalian proteins; and for Genes2Networks, a tool to connect lists of genes and protein using background protein interaction networks.

Availability: A demo page of AVIS and links to applications and distributions can be found at http://actin.pharm.mssm.edu/AVIS2. Detailed instructions for using and configuring AVIS can be found in the user manual at http://actin.pharm.mssm.edu/AVIS2/manual.pdf.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Internet*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Proteome / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface*


  • Proteome