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Systematic and integrative analysis of large gene lists using DAVID bioinformatics resources

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DAVID bioinformatics resources consists of an integrated biological knowledgebase and analytic tools aimed at systematically extracting biological meaning from large gene/protein lists. This protocol explains how to use DAVID, a high-throughput and integrated data-mining environment, to analyze gene lists derived from high-throughput genomic experiments. The procedure first requires uploading a gene list containing any number of common gene identifiers followed by analysis using one or more text and pathway-mining tools such as gene functional classification, functional annotation chart or clustering and functional annotation table. By following this protocol, investigators are able to gain an in-depth understanding of the biological themes in lists of genes that are enriched in genome-scale studies.

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We are grateful to the referees for their constructive comments and thank Robert Stephens, David Bryant and David Liu in the ABCC group for Web server support. Thanks also go to Xin Zheng and Jun Yang in the Laboratory of Immunopathogenesis and Bioinformatics (LIB) group for discussion. We also thank Bill Wilton and Mike Tartakovsky for information technology and network support. The project has been funded with federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), under Contract no. NO1-CO-56000. The annotation of this tool and publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.

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    • Da Wei Huang
    •  & Brad T Sherman

    These authors contributed equally to this work.


  1. Laboratory of Immunopathogenesis and Bioinformatics, Clinical Services Program, SAIC-Frederick Inc., National Cancer Institute at Frederick, Frederick, Maryland 21702, USA.

    • Da Wei Huang
    • , Brad T Sherman
    •  & Richard A Lempicki


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