The European hepatitis C virus data base

Poster number: 8

Céline Charavay, Daniel Crisan, Delphine Grando, Christophe Geourjon, François Penin, Gilbert Deléage and Christophe Combet

  1. Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines, Lyon France

As no efficient culture system for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is currently available, most of the research against this virus is driven by analysis of its genomic sequences. Thus, a database that allows researchers to study genetic variability of all available sequences could play an important role in helping drugs and vaccine design and in providing additional insight into the basic biology, immunology and evolution of the virus. In this paper, we describe the European Hepatitis C Virus database (euHCVdb, and its website that offers access to HCV public sequences automatically annotated and a set of tools for analysis. The euHCVdb database focuses on HCV protein sequence, structure and function analysis.