InterProScan--an integration platform for the signature-recognition methods in InterPro

Bioinformatics. 2001 Sep;17(9):847-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/17.9.847.


InterProScan is a tool that scans given protein sequences against the protein signatures of the InterPro member databases, currently--PROSITE, PRINTS, Pfam, ProDom and SMART. The number of signature databases and their associated scanning tools as well as the further refinement procedures make the problem complex. InterProScan is designed to be a scalable and extensible system with a robust internal architecture.

Availability: The Perl-based InterProScan implementation is available from the EBI ftp server ( and the SRS-basedInterProScan is available upon request. We provide the public web interface ( as well as email submission server (

MeSH terms

  • Database Management Systems*
  • Databases, Protein*