COLOMBOS v2.0: an ever expanding collection of bacterial expression compendia

Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jan;42(Database issue):D649-53. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt1086. Epub 2013 Nov 8.


The COLOMBOS database ( features comprehensive organism-specific cross-platform gene expression compendia of several bacterial model organisms and is supported by a fully interactive web portal and an extensive web API. COLOMBOS was originally published in PLoS One, and COLOMBOS v2.0 includes both an update of the expression data, by expanding the previously available compendia and by adding compendia for several new species, and an update of the surrounding functionality, with improved search and visualization options and novel tools for programmatic access to the database. The scope of the database has also been extended to incorporate RNA-seq data in our compendia by a dedicated analysis pipeline. We demonstrate the validity and robustness of this approach by comparing the same RNA samples measured in parallel using both microarrays and RNA-seq. As far as we know, COLOMBOS currently hosts the largest homogenized gene expression compendia available for seven bacterial model organisms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / genetics*
  • Bacteria / metabolism
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression*
  • Internet
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA