A general user interface for prediction servers of proteins' post-translational modification sites

Nat Protoc. 2006;1(3):1318-21. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2006.209.


Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins play essential roles in governing the functions and dynamics of proteins and are implicated in many cellular processes. Several types of PTMs have been investigated through computational approaches, including phosphorylation, sumoylation, palmitoylation, and lysine and arginine methylation, among others. Because the large diversity in the user interfaces (UIs) of different prediction servers for PTMs could possibly hinder experimental biologists in using these servers, we propose to develop a protocol for a unified UI for PTM prediction servers, based on our own work and that of other groups on PTM site prediction. By following this protocol, tool developers can provide a uniform UI regardless of the PTM types and the underlying computational algorithms. With such uniformity in the UI, experimental biologists would be able to use any PTM prediction server compliant with this protocol once they had learned to use one of them. It takes a typical PTM prediction server compliant with this unified UI several minutes to calculate the prediction results for a protein 1,000 amino acids in length.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / instrumentation*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Database Management Systems
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational / physiology*
  • User-Computer Interface*