Learn to use the Alternative Splicing and Transcript Diversity (ASTD) database, a bioinformatics resource for alternative splice events and transcripts for the human, mouse, and rat systems. Become familiar with the gene searches and the comprehensive gene report pages that contain information on transcripts, promoters, polyadenylation sites, splicing events and microRNA targets. ASTD also provides several tools useful in analyzing introns, predicting exons, examining ORF and ATF context and identifying binding sites for splicing factors. ASTD provides the user with a straightforward workbench that allows for easy access to their vast tools and the data within.

You will learn:

  • to perform Basic and Advanced searches
  • to navigate gene and transcript report pages
  • to predict intron/exon boundaries and likely regulatory protein binding sites
  • to search manually curated data regarding alternate splicing


This tutorial is a part of the tutorial group Expression resources. You might find the other tutorials in the group interesting:

Functional Glycomics Gateway: The home for Functional Glycomics research

CleanEx: A Database of Heterogeneous Gene Expression Data Based on A Consistent Gene Nomenclature

Allen Mouse Brain Atlas: Mapped gene expression data in mouse brain

miRBase: microRNA sequences, targets and gene nomenclature

DBTSS: Database of Transcriptional Start Sites

GENSAT: Provides an extensive amount of high quality images of gene expression in the central nervous system of the mouse.

Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO): A gene expression/molecular abundance repository and a curated, online resource for gene expression data

ArrayExpress: A public repository for microarray gene expression data at the EBI


EBI : This category includes all resources maintained at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

Expression : This category may contain various expression data collections, annotation tools, or repositories of expression data.

Nucleotides : Tools that are primarily used in the storage, retrieval, or exploration of nucleotide-based data. Some tools may also involve protein sequence information.


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