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PDX Finder: A Portal for Patient-Derived tumor Xenograft Model Discovery
Patient-derived tumor xenograft (PDX) mouse models are a versatile oncology research platform for studying tumor biology and for testing chemotherapeutic approaches tailored to genomic characteristics of individual patient’s tumors. PDX models are generated and distributed by a diverse group of academic labs, research organizations, multi-institution consortia, and contract research organizations. The distributed nature of PDX repositories and the use of different standards in the associated metadata presents a significant challenge to finding PDX models relevant to specific cancer research questions. The Jackson Laboratory and EMBL-EBI are addressing these challenges by co-developing PDX Finder, a comprehensive open global catalog of PDX models and their associated datasets. Within PDX Finder, model attributes are harmonized and integrated using a previously developed community minimal information standard to support consistent searching across the originating resources. Links to repositories are provided from the PDX Finder search results to facilitate model acquisition and/or collaboration. The PDX Finder resource currently contains information for more than 1900 PDX models of diverse cancers including those from large resources such as the Patient-Derived Models Repository, PDXNet and EurOPDX. Individuals or organizations that generate and distribute PDXs are invited to increase the “findability” of their models by participating in the PDX Finder initiative at www.pdxfinder.org
Nathalie Conte, Jeremy Mason, Csaba Halmagyi, Steven Neuhauser, Abayomi Mosaku, Dale A Begley, Debra M Krupke, Helen Parkinson, Terrence Meehan, Carol J Bult