Using the Gene Pages

This page covers how to navigate, use and download data from our gene pages, allowing you to get the most out of our IMPC resources. Our Gene pages are here to provide a structure and visual component to our whole data set.


  1. Gene Summary
  2. Significant Phenotypes
  3. Measurements Chart
  4. All Data Table
  5. Expression Section
  6. Associated Images Section
  7. Disease Models Section
  8. Histopathology Section
  9. Order Mouse & ES Cells Section

Gene Summary

At the top of each gene page, you will find a general summary for the gene:

  • Gene Overview: Gene summary information such as viability, synonyms, embryo imaging availability and links to other resources
  • Phenogrid: A grid of icons for each physiological system that is tested in the IMPC. Icons will be coloured depending whether there are significant phenotypes in that system. A link to the body weight data is also available in this area.
  • Follow a Gene: As we are systemically knocking out genes, some genes will not have phenotyping data. Following a gene will send you an email notification when the phenotyping status changes. You must be registered and logged in to follow a gene.

Phenotype Data

Below the Gene Summary section is the phenotype data section. This section is made of three tabs:

1. The significant phenotypes tab

This tab lists all of the significant phenotypes found by the IMPC for the gene of interest. You can use the search function to look for a specific phenotype here.

  • Table View: This table shows the siginifcant phenotypes displayed when going the IMPC pipeline. To be registered as a significant phenotype the P value must be less than 1.0E-4 (P < 0.0001).
  • Chart View: By clicking on any phenotype row, you will be taken to one of our Chart Pages. The chart page displays the measurements for a specific parameter measured on an IMPC knockout line and the corresponding controls
  • Physiological system: The “System” column shows which physiological system the significant phenotype belongs to. This column is directly related to the the Phenogrid in the gene summary at the top of the page
  • Download Data: You are able to download our the data from the Significant Phenotypes table in a .tsv or .xls format

2. The measurements chart tab

  • Chart Visual: This displays each individual procedure performed and the parameters that were measured for the gene. The procedure is indicated by the coloured icon
  • Significant Threshold: This threshold shows the point where a parameter becomes significant from the P value of 1.0E-4 (P < 0.0001). Anything significant will be displayed on the right hand side of this line.
  • Sort by Procedure: To isolate results based on procedure, click procedure name in the key will toggle the visibility in the chart. To hide or show all procedures use the toggle buttons above the key.
  • Sort by Physiological System: You are able to filter all parameters by which physiological system is affected. The dropdown list is split into significant and non-significant groups which reflect the preview in the Phenogrid above.
  • Parameter information: Hover over a parameter’s data point to be shown a preview window of the parameter data summary. Click the data point to be taken to the parameters data chart page for that gene.

3. The all data table tab

This tab displays the data in the measurements chart in a formatted table for a more detailed view into the Procedure/ Parameter data. This table can be filtered by life stage (pipeline) and physiological system using button group and dropdown menu above the table.

Clicking on a row will direct you to data chart page for that Procedure/ Parameter.

Expression Data

We use lacZ staining to categorise which mouse tissues the gene is being expressed in. In this section we two tabs to display Adult and Embryo expression data. The numbers in the tabs indicates the number of mice found with expression.

  • Expression Data: The expression table shows which anatomy tissue the gene is expressed in with a comparison between Wildtype and Mutant Mice. The key shows the distinction between the coloured icons in the expression columns.
  • LacZ Images: If lacZ imaging has been performed for specific tissues there will be links in the ‘images’ column. Clicking on these links will take you to our image comparator page where you can visually compare wild-type and mutant lacZ images.
  • Image View: By switching to image view (using the switcher in the top right hand side) you will be able to view all available images grouped by anatomy

If a tab has available expression data it will display a table with information on the different tissue types and expression rates.

Associated Images

The associated images section will link to all available images for the gene and can include:

  • LacZ images
  • X-Ray (various orientations)
  • Eye Morphology
  • Embryo Morphology
  • Gross Pathology/tissue collection
  • Histopathology

You can also find images by querying our SOLR cores. For documentation on how to achieve this, click the help icon.

Disease Models

The Disease Associations section shows the genes relation to human disease. The data is sorted into 2 sections: “By Annotation and Orthology” and “By phenotypic Similarity”.

  • Phenodigm Score: Phenodigm scores capture the similarity between a knockout mouse and a human disease, based on phenotypic similarity.  
  • Model Information: Clicking the row or the plus icon will expand the row which lists the mouse models and corresponding genotypes that the disease has been associated with, as well as phenodigm scores per model
  • Phenogrid: At the bottom of the expanded section is a grid which displays the phenotypes and their similarity from mouse to human associated diseases. These graphs are powered by one of our collaborators, The Monarch Initiative. This grid is fully interactive and view settings can be manipulated by using the “options” menu.


Some gene pages will have a histopathology section which displays a list of phenotypes that we have histopathology data for.

  • Histology Pages: Clicking on a row will take you to a histopathology data page which will highlight all items with the anatomy the phenotype is expressed in. This page lists all of the mice that have undergone histopathology procedures. For annotated mice, this page will provide information such as severity score and significance score, both of which are explained at the top of the page.
  • Histology Images: This is also accompanied by images and a description of the tissue abnormality observed. At the bottom of the histopathology page, under the Associated Images, you can find all associated histopathology images for the gene

Order Mouse & ES Cells

The table lists all alleles for the gene and the products that are available to order. Clicking the orange plus will reveal all product information which includes:

  • Allele: A diagram (if available) of the intended allele
  • Products: Tabs that indicate Mice, ES cells, and/or Targeting vectors are available to order
  • Tissue State: A tab indicating that tissues have been either embedded in paraffin or available on a slide
  • Order Links: A link to order the product from the repository. Some links are to a partner website, some are email address where you can directly contact about your enquiry
Use the Gene search bar at the top of the page to start viewing IMPC data

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