How to query HSC
- Default query:
By default all interactions in all categories are searched. Queries are not case-sensitive and search the complete database content that includes the query term (e.g. repop is sufficient to find everything concerning repopulation activity). This type of query is highly unspecific as it includes also information such as gene/protein name synonyms and author names from referenced literature. A search for e.g. Cd150 in 'all fields' lists not only all HSC-subtypes with Cd150 in its immunophenotype but also all results about the gene Cd150 being the synonym of genes Slamf1.
- Specific query:
The dropdown menu under 'field' allows searching within a specific type of data, e.g. only within genes/proteins, biological processes, immunophenotypes (to identify the HSC sub-type) etc.
- Combined queries can be performed by using Refine query. By clicking on Refine query a second search field is opened. A drop-down menu allows combining the two queries with the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT.
- In case of search terms containing blanks, it is recommended to set the term into double quotes, e.g. "repopulation >16 weeks".
- The character for wild-card is '%'. It can also be used in a double-quoted search term at every position. A search for % in 'all fields' finds all interactions shown in the database.
The search results are listed in the form of a table but can also be graphically visualized with a graphic tool that dynamically generates a network (see Graphical visualization of search results).