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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Chao-Kung Chen

Jennifer Leigh Vendetti vendetti at
Thu Feb 16 15:31:23 PST 2017

Hello Chao-Kung,

On Feb 16, 2017, at 4:21 AM, Chao-Kung Chen <ckchen at<mailto:ckchen at>> wrote:

Hi Jennifer:

Thank you very much indeed for your help.

After obtaining the api key, I can now access the page:,MP

and when the page is loaded, it says on top
  *   page": 1,
  *   "pageCount": 27

So I guess I would expect 27 pages of mappings.
But starting from page 8, it becomes empty. Would you explain what this means?

This appears to be a bug in our system.  Apologies for this inconvenience.  I’ve entered an issue in our public issue tracker.  You can follow the progress here if you’d like:

What I try to achieve is for each Mesh term I get from pubmed for a paper, I want to convert it to an MP, if available.
Do you think this url is the best way to achieve this?

There are a lot of different ways to retrieve mappings in BioPortal.  Given a particular MESH term (e.g.: “Myopia"), you can use a REST call to get all the mappings for that term:<>

You could iterate through the result set and select only those mappings from the MP ontology.

The various ways to retrieve mappings are detailed on the documentation page:

I am also not sure the best way to traverse the tree to obtain the mapping for the Mesh terms not in the given url above?

As I mentioned above, this looks like a bug in our system that we’ll need to investigate and fix.

Kind regards,

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