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A Review of the Literature Organized Into a New Database: RHeference

Abstract : Hundreds of articles containing heterogeneous data describe D variants or add to the knowledge of known alleles. Data can be difficult to find despite existing online blood group resources and genetic and literature databases. We have developed a modern, elaborate database for D variants, thanks to an extensive literature search with meticulous curation of 387 peer-reviewed articles and 80 abstracts from major conferences and other sources. RHeference contains entries for 710 RHD alleles, 11 RHCE alleles, 30 phenotype descriptions (preventing data loss from historical sources), 35 partly characterized alleles, 3 haplotypes, and 16 miscellaneous entries. The entries include molecular, phenotypic, serological, alloimmunization, haplotype, geographical, and other data, detailed for each source. The main characteristics are summarized for each entry. The sources for all information are included and easily accessible through doi and PMID links. Overall, the database contains more than 10,000 individual pieces of data. We have set up the database architecture based on our previous expertise on database setup and biocuration for other topics, using modern technologies such as the Django framework, BioPython, Bootstrap, and Jquery. This architecture allows an easy access to data and enables simple and complex queries: combining multiple mutations, keywords, or any of the characteristics included in the database. RHeference provides a complement to existing resources and will continue to grow as our knowledge expands and new articles are published. The database url is http://www.rheference.org/.
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Aline Floch, Stéphane Téletchéa, Christophe Tournamille, Alexandre de Brevern, France Pirenne. A Review of the Literature Organized Into a New Database: RHeference. Transfusion Medicine Reviews, WB Saunders, 2021, 35 (2), pp.70-77. ⟨10.1016/j.tmrv.2021.04.002⟩. ⟨inserm-03253477⟩

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