Transcriptomine, a web resource for nuclear receptor signaling transcriptomes

Physiol Genomics. 2012 Sep 1;44(17):853-63. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00033.2012. Epub 2012 Jul 10.


The nuclear receptor (NR) superfamily of ligand-regulated transcription factors directs ligand- and tissue-specific transcriptomes in myriad developmental, metabolic, immunological, and reproductive processes. The NR signaling field has generated a wealth of genome-wide expression data points, but due to deficits in their accessibility, annotation, and integration, the full potential of these studies has not yet been realized. We searched public gene expression databases and MEDLINE for global transcriptomic datasets relevant to NRs, their ligands, and coregulators. We carried out extensive, deep reannotation of the datasets using controlled vocabularies for RNA Source and regulating molecule and resolved disparate gene identifiers to official gene symbols to facilitate comparison of fold changes and their significance across multiple datasets. We assembled these data points into a database, Transcriptomine (, that allows for multiple, menu-driven querying strategies of this transcriptomic "superdataset," including single and multiple genes, Gene Ontology terms, disease terms, and uploaded custom gene lists. Experimental variables such as regulating molecule, RNA Source, as well as fold-change and P value cutoff values can be modified, and full data records can be either browsed or downloaded for downstream analysis. We demonstrate the utility of Transcriptomine as a hypothesis generation and validation tool using in silico and experimental use cases. Our resource empowers users to instantly and routinely mine the collective biology of millions of previously disparate transcriptomic data points. By incorporating future transcriptome-wide datasets in the NR signaling field, we anticipate Transcriptomine developing into a powerful resource for the NR- and other signal transduction research communities.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / cytology
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / genetics*
  • Software*
  • Transcriptome / genetics*


  • DNA Primers
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear