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Description: The Silkworm Knowledgebase (SilkDB) is a web-based repository for the curation, integration and study of silkworm genetic and genomic data.
Year founded: 2004
Last update: 2019-10-23
Version: v3.0
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Country/Region: China
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University/Institution: Southwest University
Address: 216 Tiansheng Rd., Beibei District, Chongqing, China 400716
City: Chongqing
Province/State: Chongqing
Country/Region: China
Contact name (PI/Team): Qingyou Xia
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SilkDB 3.0: visualizing and exploring multiple levels of data for silkworm. [PMID: 31642484]
Lu F, Wei Z, Luo Y, Guo H, Zhang G, Xia Q, Wang Y.

SilkDB is an open-accessibility database and powerful platform that provides comprehensive information on the silkworm (Bombyx mori) genome. Since SilkDB 2.0 was released 10 years ago, vast quantities of data about multiple aspects of the silkworm have been generated, including genome, transcriptome, Hi-C and pangenome. To visualize data at these different biological levels, we present SilkDB 3.0 (, a visual analytic tool for exploring silkworm data through an interactive user interface. The database contains a high-quality chromosome-level assembly of the silkworm genome, and its coding sequences and gene sets are more accurate than those in the previous version. SilkDB 3.0 provides a view of the information for each gene at the levels of sequence, protein structure, gene family, orthology, synteny, genome organization and gives access to gene expression information, genetic variation and genome interaction map. A set of visualization tools are available to display the abundant information in the above datasets. With an improved interactive user interface for the integration of large data sets, the updated SilkDB 3.0 database will be a valuable resource for the silkworm and insect research community.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2020:48(D1) | 6 Citations (from Europe PMC, 2021-06-12)
SilkDB v2.0: a platform for silkworm (Bombyx mori ) genome biology. [PMID: 19793867]
Duan J, Li R, Cheng D, Fan W, Zha X, Cheng T, Wu Y, Wang J, Wang J, Mita K, Xiang Z, Xia Q.

The SilkDB is an open-access database for genome biology of the silkworm (Bombyx mori). Since the draft sequence was completed and the SilkDB was first released 5 years ago, we have collaborated with other groups to make much remarkable progress on silkworm genome research, such as the completion of a new high-quality assembly of the silkworm genome sequence as well as the construction of a genome-wide microarray to survey gene expression profiles. To accommodate these new genomic data and house more comprehensive genomic information, we have reconstructed SilkDB database with new web interfaces. In the new version (v2.0) of SilkDB, we updated the genomic data, including genome assembly, gene annotation, chromosomal mapping, orthologous relationship and experiment data, such as microarray expression data, Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) and corresponding references. Several new tools, including SilkMap, Silkworm Chromosome Browser (SCB) and BmArray, are developed to access silkworm genomic data conveniently. SilkDB is publicly available at the new URL of

Nucleic Acids Res. 2010:38(Database issue) | 159 Citations (from Europe PMC, 2021-06-12)
SilkDB: a knowledgebase for silkworm biology and genomics. [PMID: 15608225]
Wang J, Xia Q, He X, Dai M, Ruan J, Chen J, Yu G, Yuan H, Hu Y, Li R, Feng T, Ye C, Lu C, Wang J, Li S, Wong GK, Yang H, Wang J, Xiang Z, Zhou Z, Yu J.

The Silkworm Knowledgebase (SilkDB) is a web-based repository for the curation, integration and study of silkworm genetic and genomic data. With the recent accomplishment of a approximately 6X draft genome sequence of the domestic silkworm (Bombyx mori), SilkDB provides an integrated representation of the large-scale, genome-wide sequence assembly, cDNAs, clusters of expressed sequence tags (ESTs), transposable elements (TEs), mutants, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and functional annotations of genes with assignments to InterPro domains and Gene Ontology (GO) terms. SilkDB also hosts a set of ESTs from Bombyx mandarina, a wild progenitor of B.mori, and a collection of genes from other Lepidoptera. Comparative analysis results between the domestic and wild silkworm, between B.mori and other Lepidoptera, and between B.mori and the two sequenced insects, fruitfly and mosquito, are displayed by using B.mori genome sequence as a reference framework. Designed as a basic platform, SilkDB strives to provide a comprehensive knowledgebase about the silkworm and present the silkworm genome and related information in systematic and graphical ways for the convenience of in-depth comparative studies. SilkDB is publicly accessible at

Nucleic Acids Res. 2005:33(Database issue) | 107 Citations (from Europe PMC, 2021-06-12)


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Created on: 2015-07-13
Curated by:
Qiang Du [2020-11-19]
Lina Ma [2018-05-10]
Zhang Zhang [2016-10-19]
Zhang Zhang [2016-05-08]
Lin Xia [2016-03-28]
Mengwei Li [2016-02-20]