CAZypedia has been initiated as a community-driven resource to assemble a comprehensive encyclopedia of the "CAZymes," the carbohydrate-active enzymes and associated carbohydrate-binding modules involved in the synthesis and degradation of complex carbohydrates. CAZypedia is inspired by, and closely connected with, the actively curated CAZy Database. It's probably fair to say that CAZypedians are, like our friends at the CAZy DB, a group of "biocurators."
If you are new to the CAZyme classification, "Sorting the Diverse" by Professors Gideon Davies and Michael Sinnott (
The Biochemist, 2008, vol. 30, part 4, pp. 26-32) provides an excellent historical introduction.
How CAZypedia works
is built on authoring and editing principles similar to those of other expert-based online encyclopedias (cf. Citizendium
). All contributors to CAZypedia
, from the Authors
to the Board of Curators
, are selected experts in the field. Transparency is achieved through the use of contributors' real names and published biographies
. Individual entries in CAZypedia
are managed by Responsible Curators
, who are responsible for selecting expert Authors
and coordinating author contributions on individual pages. Selection of Responsible Curators
, based on their specialist expertise and ability to participate in the active maintainence
of entry content, is handled by the Senior Curators
. More information on CAZypedia's
content and editorial policies is available here
is presently focussed on the glycoside hydrolase families defined in the CAZy Database
. Other catabolic and anabolic CAZymes, as well as carbohydrate-binding modules, may be included in the future. In addition, there is a lexicon of terms relevant to CAZymes and carbohydrate chemistry.
Glycoside Hydrolase Families · Lexicon
In addition to the links above, other aspects of CAZypedia's content can be accessed through the menus on the right side of each page.
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to get involved with CAZypedia
or suggest an improvement, please use this form