Cancer cell lines are essential components for biomedical research. However, proper choice of cell lines for experimental purposes is often difficult because genotype and/or expression data are missing or scattered in diverse resources. Here, we report Gene Expression and Mutations in Cancer Cell Lines (GEMiCCL), an online database of human cancer cell lines that provides genotype and expression information. We have collected mutation, gene expression and copy number variation (CNV) data from three representative databases on cell lines - Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia, Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer and NCI60. In total, GEMiCCL includes 1406 cell lines from 185 cancer types and 29 tissues. Gene expression, mutation and CNV information are available for 1304, 1334 and 1365 cell lines, respectively. We removed batch effects due to different microarray platforms using the ComBat software and re-processed the entire gene expression and SNP chip data. Cell line names and clinical information were standardized using Cellosaurus from ExPASy. Our user interface supports cell line search, gene search, browsing for specific molecular characteristics and complex queries-based on Boolean logic rules. We also implemented many interactive features and user-friendly visualizations. Providing molecular characteristics and clinical information, we believe that GEMiCCL would be a valuable resource for biomedical research for functional or screening studies.
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This work was supported by the grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2014M3C9A3065221 and NRF-2015K1A4A3047851), the KRIBB Research Initiative Program, and the Technology Innovation Program of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea (10050154 to S.L.).
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