The species-specific plant Pathway Genome Databases (PGDBs) based on the BioCyc platform provide a conceptual model of the cellular metabolic network of an organism. Such frameworks allow analysis of the genome-scale expression data to understand changes in the overall metabolisms of an organism (or organs, tissues, and cells) in response to various extrinsic (e.g. developmental and differentiation) and/or extrinsic signals (e.g. pathogens and abiotic stresses) from the surrounding environment. Using FragariaCyc, a pathway database for the diploid strawberry Fragaria vesca, we show (1) the basic navigation across a PGDB; (2) a case study of pathway comparison across plant species; and (3) an example of RNA-Seq data analysis using Omics Viewer tool. The protocols described here generally apply to other Pathway Tools-based PGDBs.
Keywords: BioCyc databases; FragariaCyc; Gene expression analysis; OMICs viewer; PGDBs; Plant metabolic networks; Plant pathways.