Tox21BodyMap: a webtool to map chemical effects on the human body

Nucleic Acids Res. 2020 Jul 2;48(W1):W472-W476. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkaa433.


To support rapid chemical toxicity assessment and mechanistic hypothesis generation, here we present an intuitive webtool allowing a user to identify target organs in the human body where a substance is estimated to be more likely to produce effects. This tool, called Tox21BodyMap, incorporates results of 9,270 chemicals tested in the United States federal Tox21 research consortium in 971 high-throughput screening (HTS) assays whose targets were mapped onto human organs using organ-specific gene expression data. Via Tox21BodyMap's interactive tools, users can visualize chemical target specificity by organ system, and implement different filtering criteria by changing gene expression thresholds and activity concentration parameters. Dynamic network representations, data tables, and plots with comprehensive activity summaries across all Tox21 HTS assay targets provide an overall picture of chemical bioactivity. Tox21BodyMap webserver is available at

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression / drug effects
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Organ Specificity
  • Software*
  • Toxicity Tests / methods*