A recently sweep of the literature (courtesy of my standing My NCBI search) led me to another mitochondrial resource that I thought I would mention. MITOMASTER is the resource, and you can find details about it in this paper:
So of course I went to explore–I love a new database! Wandering around a bit, I find that they are the Molecular and Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetics Center (MAMMAG). I find this incredibly difficult to say–which is rather odd, since both my first and last name start with M you would think I would be better that this…
In any case, they are the home of a bunch of Mito features, it turns out. MitoMed, MitoMap, MitoWiki and MitoMaster. So I will now always think of it as the Mito4 place.
Mitomap is a database of human mitochondrial variations. You can access the existing site here: http://www.mitomap.org/ But it appears that they are planning a new version, and they are looking for input if you have some: http://mammag.web.uci.edu/twiki/bin/view/Mitomap/WebHome
The page had a number of links to other mito resources that were new to me–including the FBI Forensic mtDNA database. I have to admit, I went to peek at it to see what was in there. But it requires a download. I’m just not downloading stuff from the FBI….
You have to register to access part of the site, so I did. Then I tried out Mitomaster with a sequence I pulled out of GenBank. Quite a straighforward interface. It seemed to run fast and deliver interesting information about the variants. There was a button for each variant that quickly offered a more detailed look at any changes in a given gene. Seemed like a pretty useful option. I’ll try it out more soon–but I wanted to mention it while the paper was fresh in my mind.