Lab Anim Res.  2021 Mar;37(1):21-31. 10.1186/s42826-020-00068-8.

Establishment and application of information resource of mutant mice in RIKEN BioResource Research Center

  • 1Integrated Bioresource Information Division, RIKEN BioResource Research Center, 3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, 305-0074, Japan
  • 2Experimental Animal Division, BioResource Research Center, RIKEN, Tsukuba, Japa
  • 3Laboratory for Developmental Dynamics, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan
  • 4Data Knowledge Organization Unit, Head Office for Information Systems and Cybersecurity, RIKEN, Wako, Japan


Online databases are crucial infrastructures to facilitate the wide effective and efficient use of mouse mutant resources in life sciences. The number and types of mouse resources have been rapidly growing due to the development of genetic modification technology with associated information of genomic sequence and phenotypes. Therefore, data integration technologies to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of mouse strain data becomes essential for mouse strain repositories. In 2020, the RIKEN BioResource Research Center released an integrated database of bioresources including, experimental mouse strains, Arabidopsis thaliana as a laboratory plant, cell lines, microorganisms, and genetic materials using Resource Description Framework-related technologies. The integrated database shows multiple advanced features for the dissemination of bioresource information. The current version of our online catalog of mouse strains which functions as a part of the integrated database of bioresources is available from search bars on the page of the Center ( and the Experimental Animal Division ( websites. The BioResource Research Center also released a genomic variation database of mouse strains established in Japan and Western Europe, MoG+ (, and a database for phenotype-phenotype associations across the mouse phenome using data from the International Mouse Phenotyping Platform. In this review, we describe features of current version of databases related to mouse strain resources in RIKEN BioResource Research Center and discuss future views.


Bioresource; Mouse mutation information resource; Database; data integration; Semantic web; Ontology
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