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African Genomic Medicine Portal: A Web Portal for Biomedical Applications

Houcemeddine Othman 1 Lyndon Zass 2 Jorge da Rocha 1 Fouzia Radouani 3 Chaimae Samtal 4 Ichrak Benamri 3, 5 Judit Kumuthini 6 Yasmina Fakim 7 Yosr Hamdi 8, 9 Nessrine Mezzi 8, 9, 10 Maroua Boujemaa 8, 9 Chiamaka Okeke 11 Maureen Tendwa 11 Kholoud Sanak 3 Melek Chaouch 8, 9 Sumir Panji 2 Rym Kefi 8, 9 Reem Sallam 12, 13 Anisah Ghoorah 7 Lilia Romdhane 8, 9, 10 Anmol Kiran 14, 15 Ayton Meintjes 2 Perceval Maturure 2 Haifa Jmel 8, 9 Ayoub Ksouri 8, 9 Maryame Azzouzi 3 Mohammed Farahat 16 Samah Ahmed 17 Rania Sibira 17 Michael Turkson 18 Alfred Ssekagiri 19 Ziyaad Parker 2 Faisal Fadlelmola 17 Kais Ghedira 8, 9 Nicola Mulder 2 Samar Kamal Kassim 13, *
Abstract : Genomics data are currently being produced at unprecedented rates, resulting in increased knowledge discovery and submission to public data repositories. Despite these advances, genomic information on African-ancestry populations remains significantly low compared with European- and Asian-ancestry populations. This information is typically segmented across several different biomedical data repositories, which often lack sufficient fine-grained structure and annotation to account for the diversity of African populations, leading to many challenges related to the retrieval, representation and findability of such information. To overcome these challenges, we developed the African Genomic Medicine Portal (AGMP), a database that contains metadata on genomic medicine studies conducted on African-ancestry populations. The metadata is curated from two public databases related to genomic medicine, PharmGKB and DisGeNET. The metadata retrieved from these source databases were limited to genomic variants that were associated with disease aetiology or treatment in the context of African-ancestry populations. Over 2000 variants relevant to populations of African ancestry were retrieved. Subsequently, domain experts curated and annotated additional information associated with the studies that reported the variants, including geographical origin, ethnolinguistic group, level of association significance and other relevant study information, such as study design and sample size, where available. The AGMP functions as a dedicated resource through which to access African-specific information on genomics as applied to health research, through querying variants, genes, diseases and drugs. The portal and its corresponding technical documentation, implementation code and content are publicly available.
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Houcemeddine Othman, Lyndon Zass, Jorge da Rocha, Fouzia Radouani, Chaimae Samtal, et al.. African Genomic Medicine Portal: A Web Portal for Biomedical Applications. Journal of Personalized Medicine, MDPI, 2022, 12 (2), pp.265. ⟨10.3390/jpm12020265⟩. ⟨pasteur-03597541⟩

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