PubChem BioAssay: 2014 update

Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jan;42(Database issue):D1075-82. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt978. Epub 2013 Nov 5.


PubChem's BioAssay database ( is a public repository for archiving biological tests of small molecules generated through high-throughput screening experiments, medicinal chemistry studies, chemical biology research and drug discovery programs. In addition, the BioAssay database contains data from high-throughput RNA interference screening aimed at identifying critical genes responsible for a biological process or disease condition. The mission of PubChem is to serve the community by providing free and easy access to all deposited data. To this end, PubChem BioAssay is integrated into the National Center for Biotechnology Information retrieval system, making them searchable by Entrez queries and cross-linked to other biomedical information archived at National Center for Biotechnology Information. Moreover, PubChem BioAssay provides web-based and programmatic tools allowing users to search, access and analyze bioassay test results and metadata. In this work, we provide an update for the PubChem BioAssay resource, such as information content growth, new developments supporting data integration and search, and the recently deployed PubChem Upload to streamline chemical structure and bioassay submissions.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Chemical*
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genes
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Proteins / genetics
  • RNA Interference*
  • Small Molecule Libraries
  • Systems Integration


  • Proteins
  • Small Molecule Libraries