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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter April 20, 2017

Web-based hybrid-dimensional Visualization and Exploration of Cytological Localization Scenarios

  • Gökhan Kovanci , Mehmood Ghaffar and Björn Sommer EMAIL logo


The CELLmicrocosmos 4.2 PathwayIntegration (CmPI) is a tool which provides hybriddimensional visualization and analysis of intracellular protein and gene localizations in the context of a virtual 3D environment. This tool is developed based on Java/Java3D/JOGL and provides a standalone application compatible to all relevant operating systems. However, it requires Java and the local installation of the software. Here we present the prototype of an alternative web-based visualization approach, using Three.js and D3.js. In this way it is possible to visualize and explore CmPI-generated localization scenarios including networks mapped to 3D cell components by just providing a URL to a collaboration partner. This publication describes the integration of the different technologies - Three.js, D3.js and PHP - as well as an application case: a localization scenario of the citrate cycle. The CmPI web viewer is available at:

Published Online: 2017-4-20
Published in Print: 2016-10-1

© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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