PathText: a text mining integrator for biological pathway visualizations

B. Kemper, T. Matsuzaki, Y. Matsuoka, Y. Tsuruoka, H. Kitano, S. Ananiadou, J. Tsujii
2010 Bioinformatics  
Motivation: Metabolic and signaling pathways are an increasingly important part of organizing knowledge in systems biology. They serve to integrate collective interpretations of facts scattered throughout literature. Biologists construct a pathway by reading a large number of articles and interpreting them as a consistent network, but most of the models constructed currently lack direct links to those articles. Biologists who want to check the original articles have to spend substantial amounts
more » ... of time to collect relevant articles and identify the sections relevant to the pathway. Furthermore, with the scientific literature expanding by several thousand papers per week, keeping a model relevant requires a continuous curation effort. In this article, we present a system designed to integrate a pathway visualizer, text mining systems and annotation tools into a seamless environment. This will enable biologists to freely move between parts of a pathway and relevant sections of articles, as well as identify relevant papers from large text bases. The system, PathText, is developed by Systems Biology Institute, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, National Centre for Text Mining (University of Manchester) and the University of Tokyo, and is being used by groups of biologists from these locations. Contact:
doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btq221 pmid:20529930 pmcid:PMC2881405 fatcat:yjvz2wmtcfc5lmg3ef44udgw3q