The extremely radioresistant eubacterium Deinococcus radiodurans and the phenotypically related prokaryotes, whose genomes have been completely sequenced, are presently used as model species in several laboratories to study the lethal effects of DNA-damaging and protein-oxidizing agents, particularly the effects of ionizing radiation (IR). Unfortunately, providing relevant information about radioresistant prokaryotes (RP) in a neatly centralized and organized manner still remains a need. In this study, we designed RadioP1 Web resource (www.radiop.org.tn) to gather information about RP defined by the published literature with specific emphasis on (i) predicted genes that produce and protect against oxidative stress, (ii) predicted proteins involved in DNA repair mechanisms and (iii) potential uses of RP in biotechnology. RadioP1 allows the complete RP proteogenomes to be queried using various patterns in a user-friendly and interactive manner. The output data can be saved in plain text, Excel or HyperText Markup Language (HTML) formats for subsequent analyses. Moreover, RadioP1 provides for users a tool “START ANALYSIS”, including the previously described R-packages “drc” and “lethal”, to generate exponential or sigmoid survival curves with D10 and D50 values. Furthermore, when accessible, links to external databases are provided. Supplementary data will be included in the future when the sequences of other RP genomes will become available.
Part of the book: Evolution of Ionizing Radiation Research