Prophage Finder: a prophage loci prediction tool for prokaryotic genome sequences

In Silico Biol. 2006;6(3):223-7.


Prophage loci often remain under-annotated or even unrecognized in prokaryotic genome sequencing projects. A PHP application, Prophage Finder, has been developed and implemented to predict prophage loci, based upon clusters of phage-related gene products encoded within DNA sequences. This application provides results detailing several facets of these clusters to facilitate rapid prediction and analysis of prophage sequences. Prophage Finder was tested using previously annotated prokaryotic genomic sequences with manually curated prophage loci as benchmarks. Additional analyses from Prophage Finder searches of several draft prokaryotic genome sequences are available through the Web site ( to illustrate the potential of this application.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Base Sequence
  • Computer Simulation
  • DNA, Viral / chemistry*
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • Fungi / genetics
  • Genome, Viral*
  • Models, Genetic
  • Prophages / genetics*
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • DNA, Viral