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Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) Tutorials

The NIH funded the Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) program to improve our understanding of the properties and functions of proteins that are currently under-annotated within the three most commonly drug-targeted protein families: G-protein coupled receptors, ion channels, and protein kinases.

Since 2014, the IDG Knowledge Management Center (IDG-KMC) has generated several open-access datasets and resources that jointly serve as a highly translational machine-learning-ready knowledgebase focused on human protein-coding genes and their products. The goal of the IDG-KMC is to develop comprehensive integrated knowledge for the druggable genome to illuminate the uncharacterized or poorly annotated portion of the druggable genome.

The tools derived from the IDG-KMC provide either user-friendly visualizations or ways to impute knowledge about potential targets using machine learning strategies. For step-by-step descriptions on how to use each web-based tool to accelerate illumination in under-studied proteins check out our Current Protocols doi: 10.1002/cpz1.355.

Here, we provide links to and descriptions of some recent video tutorials and presentations on IDG tools and resources. You can also subscribe to the IDG YouTube Channel to stay up-to-date on new topics.

Interacting with the Pharos User Interface


  • Presenter: Tim Sheils, NCATS (IDG KMC)
  • Demo outcome: Participants will learn how to browse through Pharos, upload and save lists, analyze lists, and get predicted ligand interactions.
  • IDG Grant: KMC-UNM U24CA224370 and publication:
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Pharos GraphQL API


The Harmonizome Resource


The ARCHS4 Resource


  • Presenter: Alexander Lachmann
  • Description: ARCHS4 provides access to gene counts for over 1 million samples uniformly processed from RNA-seq studies for human and mouse experiments from GEO and SRA.
  • Demo Outcome: Using the ARCHS4 user interface; Accessing ARCHS4 programmatically; Making gene function predictions with data from ARCHS4.
  • IDG Grant: KMC-ISMMS U24CA224260
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Making Predictions about Gene Function with PrismExp


Using Geneshot to Illuminate Knowledge about Understudied Targets


  • Presenter: Alexander Lachmann, ISMMS (IDG KMC)
  • Description: The Geneshot search engine developed to illuminate and promote attention to the under-studied genome producing ranked gene lists contain genes that were previously published in association with the search terms, as well as genes predicted to be associated with the terms based on data integration from multiple sources.
  • Demo outcome: Using the Geneshot user interface; Accessing Geneshot programmatically; Making gene function predictions with data from Geneshot.
  • IDG Grant: KMC-ISMMS U24CA224260
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Exploring Under-studied Targets with TIN-X


Interacting with the DrugCentral User Interface


  • Presenter: Tudor Oprea, UNM (IDG KMC)
  • Description: DrugCentral – Online drug compendium with mechanism of action annotations for clinically approved drugs.
  • Demo Outcome: Participants will learn about the information content currently included in DrugCentral, from mode-of-action drug targets to side effects, chemical information, and drug formulations. The use of the L1000 gene profile similarity for drugs and the machine learning prediction of anti-SARS-CoV-2 activities will also be discussed.
  • IDG Grant: KMC-UNM U24CA224370
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GWAS Target Illumination with TIGA


  • Presenter: Jeremy Yang, UNM (IDG KMC)
  • Description: TIGA – Target Illumination GWAS Analytics, an algorithm, automated workflow, and web application providing rational ranking, filtering and interpretation of inferred gene–trait associations and aggregated GWAS evidence by leveraging existing curation and harmonization efforts from the NHGRI-EBI GWAS Catalog.
  • Demo outcome: This demo will feature the TIGA web app as a tool for conveniently finding, prioritizing, and exploring gene-trait associations from aggregated GWAS evidence, in the context of drug target illumination scientific use cases.
  • IDG Grant: KMC-UNM U24CA224370
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Prioritizing Kinases for Lists of Proteins and Phosphoproteins with KEA3


Converting PubMed Searches to Drug Sets with the DrugShot Appyter


  • Presenter: Eryk Kropiwnicki
  • Description: In this e-IDG lecture, Eryk Kropiwnicki, a Data Scientist from the Ma'ayan Lab, presents DrugShot, a web-based application and an Appyter that converts PubMed searches into ranked lists of drugs and other small molecules based on literature co-mentions. DrugShot also makes predictions about additional relevant drugs based on drug-drug LINCS L1000 gene expression similarity.
  • Links to digital tools: The DrugShot website can be accessed at: The DrugShot Appyter can be accessed at:
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Last update: February 3, 2022