Visualization of data in HSC
On the graphical output all categories, such as immunophenotype, biological processes or genes/proteins are displayed as colour-coded square nodes which are combined by interactions (edges). The output is limited to 2000 interactions.
- Pop-up windows show additional information to each interaction
- Moving the cursor over edges opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the underlying interactions.
- Clicking on an edge results in opening a new window containing the complete entry information.
- The thickness of an edge correlates with the number of interactions found for the same subject, object and interaction type.
- Access to information from external resources
- Moving the cursor over nodes (boxes) opens a pop-up window with information about protein names, chemical compounds and definitions from Gene Ontology and BRENDA Tissue Ontology.
- A single click on a box while holding the CTRL button opens a link to the external resources such as EntrezGene, Gene Ontology and KEGG.
- Moving and clustering nodes
For moving the nodes one has to click on the icon 'Move node' on the panel.
The color of the respective node turns darker and the node can be moved by using the left mouse button. Adjacent nodes can be clustered by dragging the mouse pointer over the nodes of interest. The nodes can than be moved as a cluster.
- Extending the graph for items of interest
Double clicking on a node launches a new search extending the current information for all interactions that are associated with the respective node.
- Search for nodes inside a graph
In complex graphs nodes of interest might be difficult to see. Using the search field on the upper middle of the graph highlights terms of interest and places them in the middle of the graph page.
- Zooming and moving of the graph
For zooming the graph either the mouse wheel or the zoom function on the upper left of the graph can be used.
For moving the graph the left mouse button has to be hold down and the mouse to be dragged in the appropriate direction.
- Hide/show transitive interactions
Transitive interactions between nodes which are not displayed in the search result can be visualized by clicking on the button "Show transitive interactions".
i.e. if a search finds a-b and a-c, a interaction between b and c will also be shown, even if it is not found by your original search.
- Graph download
Diagrams can be downloaded as SBML, graphML or jpg files by clicking on the respective buttons on the lower left of the window.
SBML: SBML files can be processed by numerous software tools (see SBML Software Guide). Instructive layout styles for Cytoscape users are e.g.
yFiles organic, yFiles orthogonal, Cytoscape Force-Directed Layout, Cytoscape Spring Embedded and Cytoscape Edge-Weighted Force-Directed.
GraphML: Users that want to edit the graph should use the graphML format. The file can be opened and edited with the freely available yED software (http://www.yworks.com/en/products_yed_about.html)