NeuroPred: a tool to predict cleavage sites in neuropeptide precursors and provide the masses of the resulting peptides

Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jul 1;34(Web Server issue):W267-72. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkl161.


NeuroPred is a web application designed to predict cleavage sites at basic amino acid locations in neuropeptide precursor sequences. The user can study one amino acid sequence or multiple sequences simultaneously, selecting from several prediction models and optional, user-defined functions. Logistic regression models are trained on experimentally verified or published cleavage data from mollusks, mammals and insects, and amino acid motifs reported to be associated with cleavage. Confidence interval limits of the probabilities of cleavage indicate the precision of the predictions; these predictions are transformed into cleavage or non-cleavage events according to user-defined thresholds. In addition to the precursor sequence, NeuroPred accepts user-specified cleavage information, providing model accuracy statistics based on observed and predicted cleavages. Neuropred also computes the mass of the predicted peptides, including user-selectable post-translational modifications. The resulting mass list aids the discovery and confirmation of new neuropeptides using mass spectrometry techniques. The NeuroPred application, manual, reference manuscripts and training sequences are available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Internet
  • Logistic Models
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Neuropeptides / chemistry*
  • Neuropeptides / metabolism*
  • Protein Precursors / chemistry*
  • Protein Precursors / metabolism*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Neuropeptides
  • Protein Precursors