MRGI Microbiota Research Group of Iran

MRCI user manual

Upon accessing the database, a navigation bar is presented to the user on the left-hand side consisting of two parameters called Home and Browse. By choosing Browse, a data list consisting of two tabs called Disease and Microbe are shown which list names of Diseases and Microbes respectively.

By selecting any of the Diseases or Microbes listed in our database, further information will show up on the right-hand side as a table or network. By default, the format shown is a table. Users can choose between any of the two formats by selecting it through tabs provided above this section.

The tables in our database provide the user with the following information:
• Name of Disease or Microbe
• Increase or decrease in number of bacteria of selected disease
• PMID of reference papers that are acquired from PubMed
• Method
• Sample

By clicking on the PMID of desired disease/microbe, users will be redirected its PubMed database. Further so, by clicking on the name of a disease or microbe, users will be redirected to a page on our website providing them with further information about it.

Above the table list, a search box is provided to users for searching a specific disease or microbe in our database. Similarly, when users have the graph view selected, a search box called ‘Sample’ exists above the graph that allows users to search for sample types. When a sample type is found, it draws a network of all the bacteria related to the disease.

In the graph, a dynamic network is drawn. At the heart of this network is a blue field which represents the name of the disease, or if a microbe is selected, the name of the microbe. Around it is fields in red and green where red represents increase and green represents decrease in the number of selected microbes. A 'Graph Help' is also provided at the lower left-hand side of the section providing said information for the user.

By double clicking on any of the fields in the graph, a pop-up containing a summary of information related to the chosen disease or microbe is shown.