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Explore the Database


This tab allows you to easily browse and search the SeptiSearch database. Entries are organized by Gene Set Name, which is a unique identifier given to a set of genes curated from the literature. Initially, the table on the right lists all Gene Sets, along with a few pieces of key information on each, and links to the original publication.

One publication may have multiple gene sets when multiple comparisons or datasets are included, e.g. comparing two sepsis severity groups to healthy controls. This is denoted with a numeric suffix, e.g. “Ahmad-1” and “Ahmad-2.”

Clicking on one or more rows in this table will bring up a second table below the first, listing all molecules in the selected gene set(s) and more detailed information about the set. A small search box at the top right corner of the second table can be used to look for specific conditions or molecules in the selected set(s).

Select a study from the table to display all associated molecules.

Searching and filtering the database

The left sidebar presents a number of options for searching and filtering the SeptiSearch database using input fields described below.

  • The first field in the sidebar is used to search the entries based on the title of publication. For example, you could enter “endotypes” to look at publications which focus on characterizing sepsis disease endotypes
  • With the second field you can restrict the displayed gene sets based on the inclusion of COVID patients
  • Use the large test field to search for specific molecules in the database
    • This search is case-insensitive, and will return partial matches. For example, typing “s100” would return gene sets which contain “S100A9”, “S100A12”, etc.
    • After searching for a specific molecule, clicking on any row(s) in the top table will highlight and display any matching molecules at the top of the second table

Searching for "s100" and viewing the first gene set.

After entering a number of searches or filter criteria, if you would like to return to the original/complete table, click the “Reset this page” button at the bottom of the sidebar, which will reset all inputs. In some cases it may also help to refresh the page from your browser (CTRL+F5).

Perform pathway enrichment on SeptiSearch gene sets

If you select a single gene set in the top table, a button in the left sidebar is enabled which will send that gene set to the “Perform Pathway Enrichment” tab, allowing you to easily test a gene set of interest for enriched pathways. For more details, see this section performing pathway enrichment in SeptiSearch.

Choosing a single gene set enables the "Test this gene set for enriched pathways" button

Downloading data from SeptiSearch

When you have selected one or more rows from the top table, you can use the provided button at the bottom of the left sidebar to download the second table as a tab-delimited file.