SPIKE: a database of highly curated human signaling pathways

Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D793-9. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq1167. Epub 2010 Nov 19.


The rapid accumulation of knowledge on biological signaling pathways and their regulatory mechanisms has highlighted the need for specific repositories that can store, organize and allow retrieval of pathway information in a way that will be useful for the research community. SPIKE (Signaling Pathways Integrated Knowledge Engine; http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/&~spike/) is a database for achieving this goal, containing highly curated interactions for particular human pathways, along with literature-referenced information on the nature of each interaction. To make database population and pathway comprehension straightforward, a simple yet informative data model is used, and pathways are laid out as maps that reflect the curator’s understanding and make the utilization of the pathways easy. The database currently focuses primarily on pathways describing DNA damage response, cell cycle, programmed cell death and hearing related pathways. Pathways are regularly updated, and additional pathways are gradually added. The complete database and the individual maps are freely exportable in several formats. The database is accompanied by a stand-alone software tool for analysis and dynamic visualization of pathways.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Cell Cycle
  • DNA Damage
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins