Recently, carbohydrate chains occupy truly significant positions in various fields of life sciences and biotechnology. Accordingly, an increasing number of students and researchers are conducting experiments on carbohydrate chains. However, we sometimes encounter a common beginner's feeling that experiments in glycoscience are not so easy to perform satisfactorily. In molecular biology, most of the reagents are commercially available as a series of kit and all you need is to follow the operating manual provided with the distributors of the reagents. In glycoscience, in contrast, Materials and Methods in a professional journal may not be enough to provide beginners with sufficient information about the experimental procedures of their interest. GlycoPOD (GlycoScience Protocol Online Database) project started almost one and a half years ago (May, 2009) as a part of the program of the Japan Consortium for Glycobiology and Glycotechnology Data Base (JCGGDB), aiming to fill the gaps between the beginners and experts by delivering the accumulated knowledge and skills of the experts to the beginners through internet communication under the catch-phrase of "Follow the flow chart and you will get the goal directly". Now, more than 100 experts (JCGG members) have been involved in the GlycoPOD activity so far. We fully acknowledge their great contribution to GlycoPOD.
As an on-line protocol, GlycoPOD has a unique architecture. In addition to the "Protocols (main text)", which consist of "introduction", "protocol" and "references", you can find "Q&As" and "rating" pages. In "protocol", all the experimental procedures are documented in flow charts with comments, which contain precious tips for success. If you choose "Authors" at the top page, you will see the name of all authors listed in alphabetical order. If you click "Parts" button, all the experimental procedures listed in "protocol" were broken down into individual experimental elements (parts) and they are reorganized in alphabetical order. "Parts" will be useful in case you cannot find the exact protocol that you need in "Protocols (main text)", or you want to modify the experimental conditions of the original protocol and others.
We hope GlycoPOD will provide an impetus for further development of the glycoscience research.
October 26, 2010
GlycoPOD Editorial Board
, Editor in chief
, Editor in chief
, Editor in chief
1) Research Center for Glycobiotechnology, Ritsumeikan University
2) Research Center for Medical Glycoscience, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
3) Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences , Kyushu University
4) Research Center for Medical Glycoscience, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)*
*Currently with the Advanced Glycoscience Research Group, Bioproduction Research Institute at AIST (since April 1, 2012)
5) Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Life System Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
6) Glycometabolome Team, Systems Glycobiology Research Group, Chemical Biology Department, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN
7) Research Center for Medical Glycoscience, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)*
*Currently with the Research Planning Office of Life Science and Biotechnology, and Advanced Glycoscience Research Group, Bioproduction Research Institute at AIST (since April 1, 2012)
8) Laboratory of Cell Biology, Department of Bioinformatics, Faculty of Engineering , Soka University
9) Research Center for Medical Glycoscience, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)*
*Currently with the Lectin Application and Analysis Team, Research Center for Stem Cell Engineering at AIST (since April 1, 2012)
10) Institute for Molecular Science of Medicine, Aichi Medical University
11) Department of Bioinformatics, Faculty of Engineering, Soka University
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