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In systems biology field, most curated models are developed by for example  CellDesigner, and are described in SBML format. Each model is publised in each paper, and in each SBML file. To integrate published models, semantic web approach is very useful. BioPAX provides a common exchange format for biological pathways and models in OWL. Please see usecase (goal) as described below.



BioPAX Level 3

No convertor now.

BioPAX Level 2

The convertor sbml2biopax from SBML to BioPAX OWL is provided by BioModels? Compneur Group.

The sbml2biopax requires  libSBML, and it works with the latest libSBML (libsbml.4.0.1).

$ wget
$ tar xvfz sbml2biopax-1.3.tar.gz; cd sbml2biopax-1.3; cp ~/mymodel.xml .
$ sh mymodel.xml
$ wget -O Oda_EGFR_2005.xml
$ sh Oda_EGFR_2005.xml
$ wget -O Oda_TLR_2006.xml
$ sh Oda_TLR_2006.xml

The sbml2biopax generate BioPAX Level 2 OWL file from given SBML file.



$ 4s-backend-setup biopax_lv2
4store[2577]: backend-setup.c:176 erased files for KB biopax_lv2
4store[2577]: backend-setup.c:301 created RDF metadata for KB biopax_lv2
$ 4s-backend biopax_lv2
$ 4s-import -v biopax_lv2 Oda_EGFR_2005.owl 
removing old data
Reading <file:///Users/ogishima/.../Oda_EGFR_2005.owl>
Pass 1, processed 4951 triples (4951)
Pass 2, processed 4951 triples, 61233 triples/s
Updating index
Index update took 2.412844 seconds
Imported 4951 triples, average 1985 triples/s
$ 4s-import -v biopax_lv2 Oda_TLR_2006.owl
removing old data
Reading <file:///Users/ogishima/.../Oda_TLR_2006.owl>
Pass 1, processed 10087 triples (10087)
Pass 2, processed 10087 triples, 78545 triples/s
Updating index
Index update took 0.605142 seconds
Imported 10087 triples, average 13330 triples/s


Coming soon.



$ 4s-query biopax_lv2
4store>SELECT * WHERE {?s ?p ?o}
?s	?p	?o
<>	<>	"late_br_endsome"
<>	<>	"recycling_br_endsome"
results.c:1655 hit soft limit 2 times
# hit complexity limit 2 times, increasing soft limit may give more results


Coming soon.

SPARQL end point

SPARQL end point is now under construction, and will appear soon. :-)

Usecase (goal)

Usecase is an integration of models, in other words, pathways. Each pathway is in each SBML file. However, as you know, pathways are closely related each other. For example, TMD systems biology group ( has developed a database for Alzheimer disease named AlzPathway?. AlzPathway? collects signaling pathways relevant to Alzheimer disease, however, these pathways are not exclusively relevant to Alzheimer disease; Alzheimer disease pathway is closely related to apoptosis pathway, and if someone published a model for apoptosis, an integration of AlzPathway? and apoptosis pathway will be very helpful for researchers in Alzheimer disease to obtain novel insight and hypothesis.

Problems & ToDo?

  • BioPAX OWL might be too complicate to archive the above usecase (goal). SPARQL search might took so much time to return results. Appropriate reduction of information of SBML model is required to convert from SBML to RDF (not OWL).
  • In the case of conversion from SBML to RDF, mapping of name among models is required.



Special thanks to valuable comments from Eric!