Welcome to Microme

Microme is a resource for bacterial metabolism, whose aim is to support the large scale inference of metabolic flux directly from genome sequence. It is populated with data generated by direct import from external sources and by automatic inference from these seed data onto additional genomes; data is subject to quality assurance (i.e. for chemical balance, consistency of cross-references, and ultimately, for their ability to define a viable model mathematically and their consistency with experimental evidence), and revised manually as appropriate.

Microme will ultimately provide an infrastructure for the integration of a curated repository of reference pathways and reactions, genome-scale constraint-based models, and downstream applications in comparative genomics and biotechnology.

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Genomes: browse, analyse, annotate

imageThe Ensembl Bacteria genome browser can be used for the display and analyses of the 24 bacterial species in our priority list. It provides information on genes, transcripts and comparative genomics views such as gene trees, orthologues, paralogues, multiple alignments and synteny views. Gene entries are cross-referenced to pathways stored in the bacterial Reactome knowledge-base.

The Genome-Reaction Data Warehouse Tool can be used to explore complete sets of reactions inferred over thousands of genomes.

imageExplore Microscope, a platform for microbial comparative genome analysis and manual functional annotation. MicroCyc, developed in the context of Microscope, is a collection of currently ~800 microbial Pathway/Genome databases supported by the Pathway tools software suite.

Pathways: browse, analyse

imageOur pathway browser provides a interactive visual interface to the Microme database of metabolic pathways and processes, together with links to/from our Ensembl Genomes browser to access the genes encoding catalysts of metabolic reactions. The interface and the database are developed as an adaptation of the open source Reactome platform.

imageUniPathway is a fully manually curated resource for the representation and annotation of metabolic pathways. All of the pathway data in UniPathway has been extensively cross-linked to existing pathway resources such as KEGG and MetaCyc, as well as sequence resources such as the UniProt KnowledgeBase, for which UniPathway provides a controlled vocabulary for pathway annotation.

Data Mining

imageThe Network Analysis Tools (NeAT) provide a series of modular computer programs specifically designed for the analysis of biological networks, such as network visualisation and comparison, node analyses, clustering, metabolic path finding and pathway extraction.

A tool for retrivial, extraction and annotation of bacterial enzymatic reactions from the literature TeBacten (text mining for bacterial enzymes) is a tool designed to facilitate the retrieval, extraction and annotation of bacterial enzymatic reactions and pathways from the literature.

BoteroBotero tool for retrobiosynthesis by CNIO. Computer Assisted Design of artificial pathways.



Fluxome offers a set of tools in a galaxy environment to construct and analyse the Microme models. The models are generated from the Microme Genome-Reaction matrix. Biolog data for 30 species can be used for direct comparison.