Provides information on 1158 natural carotenoids with 692 source organisms. Carotenoids Database hosts data on their structures and source organisms which were obtained from the latest available original papers. The original chemical fingerprints newly investigated and described here make it easy to classify chemical modification patterns in carotenoid structures, to similarity search, and to predict some of the biological functions of carotenoids such as provitamin A, membrane stabilizers, odorous substances, allelochemicals, antiproliferative activity against cancer cells, and reverse multi-drug resistance (MDR) activity. The goal of the Carotenoids Database is to understand how organisms are related via carotenoids, either evolutionarily or symbiotically or in food chains through natural histories.
Center for Information Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
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This work was supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) US National Science Foundation (NSF) Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) "Metabolomics for a low carbon society".