Protein Function Database as a Deductive and Object-Oriented Database

  • Hidetoshi Tanaka
Conference paper


This paper describes an experiment on a knowledge base approach to molecular biological databases, especially focusing on a protein function database.

Although there are many databanks of DNAs and proteins to support research in molecular biology, their integrated database is urgently requested, because redundancies and gaps among them prevent effectiveness of such data and knowledge.

For the integrated database, we take an approach to write various data and knowledge in a single knowledge representation language, QuΙχOΤε,which is designed at ICOT for deductive and object-oriented database (DOOD). As a protein function database is a typical one with complex data and inference rules, we start to describe it in QuΙχOΤε, as a part of the integrated database.

This paper describes motives for our experiments, status quo of biological database researches, features of QuΙχOΤε,the concept of a protein function database, examples of its representation in QuΙχOΤε,and evaluation.


Feature Description Knowledge Item Integrate Database Deductive Database Object Term 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidetoshi Tanaka
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  1. 1.Institute for New Generation Computer Technology (ICOT)Minato-ku, Tokyo 108Japan

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