Browse genomes and community contributed datasets. If you find a dataset missing or have a new dataset to contribute for a supported genome please contact us!
BLAST Echinoderm nucleotide and protein databases.
Genome, RNA, Proteins, CDS
P. miniata (Bat star):
Genome , RNA, Proteins, CDS
L. variegatus (Green sea urchin):
Genome RNA, Proteins, CDS
A. planci (Crown-of-thorns):
Genome, RNA, Proteins, CDS
A. japonica (Feather star):
A. rubens (Sugar star):
L. pictus (Painted urchin):
Echinoderms are model organisms for studying embryo development and regeneration due to many unique features including:
- the ability to synchronize fertilization of millions of eggs
- transparent embryos and larvae
- varied development within and between a genus
Echinobase is organized around the GENEPAGE which displays information about genes, orthology, and links to research papers. The gene models of echinoderm species are associated with the genome sequence using the genome browser, JBrowse. Temporal developmental gene expression data will be displayed when available, and spatial cell type information will be associated using the Echinoderm Anatomical Ontology (ECAO).
Echinobase provides a critical data sharing infrastructure for other NIH-funded projects. In addition to our primary goal of supporting echinoderm researchers, Echinobase enhances the availability and visibility of echinoderm data to the broader biomedical research community.
Species in Echinobase are divided into two categories:
fully supported species found on gene pages and partially supported species that only have support through the genome browser and BLAST processes. We are an expanding resource and both species sets will grow in upcoming months and years.
The substantially improved current release of the purple sea urchin genome assembly (Spur5.0) is sixth in the series.
The current version, v3.0, of the assembly is fully supported at Echinobase.
The L. variegatus v3.0 genome is the first echinoderm assembly with chromosomal resolution.
Echinoderms are marine organisms that when harvested from the
wild, can live in aquariums and embryo and larval development has
been studied for over 100 years. Echinoderm eggs are fertilized
externally and embryos and larvae are transparent, enabling
detailed descriptions of the structure and timing of development.
The variation and comparison of developmental patterns of related species is used to improve understanding of these vital processes and their evolution in echinoderms and deuterostomes. Echinoderms are models for studies of skeletogenesis and regeneration.
The Echinoderm Anatomical Ontology (ECAO) provides standardized terms for developmental stages for S. purpuratus, and is being expanded to include additional echinoderm species.
Echinobase has collected contact information for members of the community and is working to maintain a current, updated web interface, for accessing and querying genomes, transcriptomes, chromatin structure, regulation and expression of genes during development with documentation, and supporting information, an image database, and robust ontologies.
Community members are welcomed to contribute to EchinoWiki with protocols, reagents and data, and to submit new genomes for partial or full support.
Genomes are eligible for partial support when assembly and
annotation are publicly available through Genbank. The
assemblies, annotations, and functional data tracks (GFF files)
will be available on the JBrowse genome browser and can be
searched via BLAST.
The Echinobase PIs and SAB members will decide the new species for full support and integration into the database as gene pages with complete functionality, including gene names and symbols, synonyms, literature, orthology, and developmental gene expression display. This process will only be possible when the genome has been fully processed by the NCBI annotation pipeline. Suggestions for priority species are always welcome.