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The mEPN scheme: an intuitive and flexible graphical system for rendering biological pathways

Freeman, Tom C, Raza, Sobia, Theocharidis, Athanasios and Ghazal, Peter ORCID: 2010. The mEPN scheme: an intuitive and flexible graphical system for rendering biological pathways. BMC Systems Biology 4 (1) , 65. 10.1186/1752-0509-4-65

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Background There is general agreement amongst biologists about the need for good pathway diagrams and a need to formalize the way biological pathways are depicted. However, implementing and agreeing how best to do this is currently the subject of some debate. Results The modified Edinburgh Pathway Notation (mEPN) scheme is founded on a notation system originally devised a number of years ago and through use has now been refined extensively. This process has been primarily driven by the author's attempts to produce process diagrams for a diverse range of biological pathways, particularly with respect to immune signaling in mammals. Here we provide a specification of the mEPN notation, its symbols, rules for its use and a comparison to the proposed Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN) scheme. Conclusions We hope this work will contribute to the on-going community effort to develop a standard for depicting pathways and will provide a coherent guide to those planning to construct pathway diagrams of their biological systems of interest.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1752-0509
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 17 May 2010
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 00:44

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