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The SESAME Team, headed by Zsolt Zolnai, PhD, was responsible for developing and deploying CESG’s software developed for data harvesting,
organization, retrieval, and dissemination. Sesame is a well-developed Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and all online requests
for CESG to work on solving a protein structure are entered through Sesame. It is available to scientists worldwide and is under continuous
development to meet the evolving needs of researchers.
Overview of Sesame
- Laboratory Information Management and Target Tracking System for Structural Genomics
- Available to Centers and Individual Investigators
- Single Database with Specialized Views: ORF, protein, solution, crystal, NMR, small molecule, structure deposition, sources (vendors), target submission
- Customizable: Laboratory resources, protocols, “actions”
- Captures Protocols and Results: Gel scans; NMR, MS, UV-VIS data; text
- Intuitive Query System
- Report Generation: XML, Excel input, Target DB, and PepcDB
- Supports Multiple Relational Database Management Systems: PostgreSQL 8+, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, or Oracle
- Users can maintain a free-standing version of Sesame on their own servers with their own relational database management system
- Tools for Managing Collaborative Projects
- Tools for Managing Shared Instruments
Sesame was a successful product of CESG. It has been exported to many laboratories, and over 1000 Sesame users are now registered world-wide.
- National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (NMRFAM): Sesame support software for scheduling NMR spectrometers, for
capturing information from users, and for generating annual reports to the National Institutes of Health.
- Medical College of Wisconsin (Brian Volkman, PhD): The Volkman group is a Sesame user for both their CESG projects and separately funded projects.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Molecular Interactions Facility (MIF) (Eileen Maher, PhD) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center: A Sesame
module supports data organization and user interactions for this facility.
- Structural Genomics of Pathogenic Protozoa (SGPP) (Wim Hol, PhD) in Seattle, Washington: This center utilizes a free-standing version of Sesame
developed at CESG.
- BioMagResBank (Eldon Ulrich, Director): BMRB maintains a free-standing version of Sesame on their own servers with their own
relational database management system, which provides users with access to software packages.
- Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI, maintains a free-standing version of Sesame.
- New York Consortium on Membrane Protein Structure (NYCOMPS) maintains a free-standing version of Sesame.
- Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia, maintains a free-standing version of
- Promega Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin, maintains a free-standing version of Sesame.
Sesame Methodologies and Publications