Tip of the Week: Brenda, comprehensive enzyme information

Today’s Tip of the Week is a quick intro on how to get enzyme names and data from an ID using Brenda. Brenda is a comprehensive database of enzyme information. I was reacquainted with Brenda from a question asked on Biostar, a site to ask bioinformatics questions. There was not a simple answer to the question (he wanted to give a list of EC IDs and have the IDs and enzyme names returned in a tab-delineated file), but there were some good answers including a pointer to this file of enzymes from Expasy, which once parsed would give the information, and Brenda. Brenda didn’t do exactly what the questioner wanted, but it is a great resource for enzyme data and thought I’d introduce it today.