NvERTx: a gene expression database to compare embryogenesis and regeneration in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

Development. 2018 May 17;145(10):dev162867. doi: 10.1242/dev.162867.


For over a century, researchers have been comparing embryogenesis and regeneration hoping that lessons learned from embryonic development will unlock hidden regenerative potential. This problem has historically been a difficult one to investigate because the best regenerative model systems are poor embryonic models and vice versa. Recently, however, there has been renewed interest in this question, as emerging models have allowed researchers to investigate these processes in the same organism. This interest has been further fueled by the advent of high-throughput transcriptomic analyses that provide virtual mountains of data. Here, we present Nematostella vectensis Embryogenesis and Regeneration Transcriptomics (NvERTx), a platform for comparing gene expression during embryogenesis and regeneration. NvERTx consists of close to 50 transcriptomic data sets spanning embryogenesis and regeneration in Nematostella These data were used to perform a robust de novo transcriptome assembly, with which users can search, conduct BLAST analyses, and plot the expression of multiple genes during these two developmental processes. The site is also home to the results of gene clustering analyses, to further mine the data and identify groups of co-expressed genes. The site can be accessed at http://nvertx.kahikai.org.

Keywords: Cnidarian; Database; Embryogenesis; Nematostella vectensis; Regeneration; Transcriptome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Embryonic Development / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Regeneration / genetics*
  • Sea Anemones / embryology*
  • Sea Anemones / genetics*
  • Transcriptome / genetics