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All about proteins

Genome Biology20023:reports2014

https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2002-3-6-reports2014

  • Received: 30 March 2002
  • Published:

Abstract

The Protein Information Database (PIR) is a non-redundant, comprehensive, highly and expertly annotated, fully classified and extensively cross-referenced protein sequence database in the public domain

Keywords

  • Protein Data Bank
  • Query Protein
  • Protein Sequence Database
  • Search Text
  • Proteomics Research

Content

The Protein Information Database (PIR) is a non-redundant, comprehensive, highly and expertly annotated, fully classified and extensively cross-referenced protein sequence database in the public domain. It is composed of the PIR auxiliary databases, including:

PIR-International Protein Sequence Database (PIR-PSD)

PIR-Archive Protein Sequence Database

FAMBASE

ProClass

PIR Integrated Environment for Sequence Analysis

Sequence-Structure Database (PIR-NRL3D)

Residues Database (PIR-RESID)

PIR-Alignment Database

PIR Non-Redundant Reference Sequence Database (PIR-ALN)

Annotation and Similarity Database (PIR-NREF)

[Link11]

Altogether, these provide integration of sequence and biological (structure and function) information to support genomics and proteomics research. The database includes all sequences that are in PIR-PSD, Swiss-Prot, TrEMBL, RefSeq, GenPept, and Protein Data Bank (PDB).

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Reporter's comments

Timeliness

Bi-weekly updates are made.

Best feature

Comprehensiveness, non-redundancy, timeliness, quality annotation and full classification are the aims of this site, and their continuous development and improvement is its best feature.

Worst feature

The database is not as user-friendly as it could be. The site would be improved by including obvious links to help files with definitions of the database terminology and explanations of all the parameters and abbreviations used. Another innovation that would make the database more user-friendly would be to have pop-up windows that offer help when the search text parameters are entered incorrectly.

Related websites

Information on protein sequence and structure is also available through the websites of the [Link12], the [Link13], the [Link14], and the [Link15].

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