10th of May 2018
GlycoBase has now moved to GlycoStore

Dear GlycoBase users,

GlycoBase was published exactly ten years ago this month1, and fostering strong links with world leading universities, institutes, technology partners and customers in this field,  GlycoBase has achieved incredible success with over 230 citations (Google Scholar) and over 1000 registered users.

However, over the last few years it has become increasingly difficult to maintain and extend GlycoBase using an aging technology platform. We have also become prone to security vulnerabilities and online hacks. In addition, web platforms now provide tools and resources that enhance security, and support for modern programming languages and technologies.

For these reasons, it has become increasingly clear for the need to relocate and merge GlycoBase into a state-of-the-art architecture and curated database we call GlycoStore.  GlycoStore, brings together a team of experienced glycoinformaticians and analytical researches, who published the database in the highly respected Bioinformatics journal2 a few weeks ago.

The team are excited and committed about the future of the GlycoStore platform and are open to any questions from users, ready to maintain, extend and upload any new data generated from around the globe. As an example and going forward, we will be incorporating data from the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) (Ireland), Bioprocessing Technology Institute (Singapore), Ludger Ltd (Oxford, UK), and the Institute for Glycomics (Griffith University, Australia).   Moreover, this allows the storage of multiple attributes such as Glucose Units, Collision Cross section from ion mobility and tandem mass spectrometry data.

For those customers interested in the Waters Corporations' products, GlycoStore now contains three libraries:

1.       Waters 2AB library (N-glycans determined using the 2-aminobenzamide fluorophore)

2.       Waters 2AA library (N-glycans determined using the 2-aminobenzoic acid fluorophore)

3.       Waters RFMS library (N-glycans determined using the RapiFluor-MSTM)

These libraries contain various glycoproteins and glycotherapeutics of particular interest to pharmaceutical industry e.g. Herceptin and Erythropoietin and routinely used standards.

We wanted to thank you for your partnership and patience as we worked through this transition.  We are looking forward to our exciting GlycoStore adventure and we hope that you will too.

The GlycoStore team thanks NIBRT (Ireland) and Waters Corporation (U.S.A) for allowing us to migrate their data to this new database.

Yours Sincerely,
The GlycoBase and GlycoStore teams.

References

1.        Campbell, Matthew P., et al. "GlycoBase and autoGU: tools for HPLC-based glycan analysis." Bioinformatics 24.9 (2008): 1214-1216.

2.        Zhao, Sophie, et al. "GlycoStore: A Database of Retention Properties for Glycan Analysis." Bioinformatics (2018).