Load GFF Into Chado
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|Revision 1.0 2007-03-16 BIO||First version|
Download the GFF Files
An easy way
to load data into the database is to use a GFF3 file and the script
load/bin/gmod_bulk_load_gff3.pl. A good set of sample data is the GFF3 file prepared
by the nice folks at the Saccharomyces Genome Database:
This file contains Gene Ontology (GO) anotations, so if you didn't load
GO when you executed
make ontologies you will get many warning messages
about being unable to find entries in the dbxref table. If you want to
load GO you should be able to execute
make ontologies and select Gene Ontology
Add an Entry for Your Organism
You will need to have an entry for your species in the Chado organism table. If you are unsure if this entry exists log into your database and execute this SQL command: <sql> select common_name from organism; </sql> If you do not see your organism listed, execute a command equivalent to this: <sql>
insert into organism (abbreviation, genus, species, common_name, organism_id) values ('S.cerevisiae', 'Saccharomyces', 'cerevisiae', 'yeast', 4932);
Substitute in the appropriate values for your own organism if it's not yeast.
Load the GFF
Then execute gmod_bulk_load_gff3.pl:
>gmod_bulk_load_gff3.pl --organism yeast --gfffile saccharomyces_cerevisiae.gff
This loads the GFF3 file. The loading script requires GFF3 as it has tighter control of the syntax and requires the use of a controlled vocabulary (from Sequence Ontology Feature Annotation (SOFA)), allowing mapping to the relational schema. In addition to supplying the location of the file with the
--gfffile flag, the
--organism tag uses the common name (
common_name field) from the Chado organism table. Do
perldoc gmod_bulk_load_gff.pl for more information on adding other organisms and databases, as well as other available command line flags.
gmod_load_gff3.pl is also available, but is limited in how
much it has been supported and in how flexible it currently is. It is
a good example of how to write code using Class::DBI classes that are
created at the time of install. For more information on using these
classes, see http://sourceforge.net/projects/gmod-ware for a Class::DBI-based middleware/API.
GFF3 can also be generated via a script provided with Bioperl,
>bp_genbank2gff3.pl --stdout --file <genbank file> > <gff file>
Note the redirection of standard out. This method for generating GFF3 files is not completely satisfactory and development is ongoing to provide better translation.
See the related HOWTO Load RefSeq Into Chado.
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