PharmacoMicrobiomics: The Drug-Microbiome Portal

How Bugs Modulate Drugs?

Launched on 11/11/11; Current Release 1.2 (01 Sep 12)

Welcome To PharmacoMicrobiomics!

The PharmacoMicrobiomics web portal is a part of an initiative to explore the interactions between human-associated microbes (human microbiome) and drugs by building a knowledgebase that allows interested students and investigators "to predict the behavior of untested members of drug classes or unstudied microbial species, and to design laboratory experiments for testing these predictions. (More in BMC Bioinformatics 2011, 12(Suppl 7):A10)



What to Find Here?

You will be able to find different types of information mostly related to the effect of microbes on drugs (more specifically on the effect of human microbiota on drug disposition or pharmacokinetics). In the future, there may be more information about more complex drug-microbe interactions, and about microbes as drugs, drug factories, or drug-delivery vehicles.


You now can find several entries in the database, including:

You can also find more entries still in "draft" format (mostly Google Docs) that describe a long reading/task list for our current or future curators, and also for those community volunteers who are willing to join our efforts.


Interaction of the Week

Gut
digoxin (2724385)
Eggerthella lenta (84112)
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decrease metabolic processing
Altered concentration of E. lentum between populations has been correlated with the difference in the reduced metabolite concentration. Comparing the reduced digoxin metabolite profiles between North Americans and Southern Indians showed 36% and 13.7% respectively which has been correlated with altered concentrations of E. lentum between the two populations (Mathan et al, 1989). Furthermore, a recent case-control study, has showed that concomitant administration of digoxin and erythromycin or tetracycline has resulted in digoxin intoxication. Accordingly, it is recommended to avoid the concurrent use of both medications. The authors of the study proposed the reduction in E. lentum among the potential underlying causes for this toxicity (Lindenbaum et al, 1981). (See record)


Credits

This drug-microbiome database was designed and built as the graduation project of the Open Source Technologies track at the Information Technology Institute (ITI) in June, 2011.

Django, the Python-based framework, was used to build the web portal, and JQuery libraries. JLinkPreview plugin is provided by Sarpdoruk Tahmaz. This template is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License by Arcsin Web Templates. The project is hosted by WebFaction.