ConSurf 2010: calculating evolutionary conservation in sequence and structure of proteins and nucleic acids

Nucleic Acids Res. 2010 Jul;38(Web Server issue):W529-33. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq399. Epub 2010 May 16.


It is informative to detect highly conserved positions in proteins and nucleic acid sequence/structure since they are often indicative of structural and/or functional importance. ConSurf ( and ConSeq ( are two well-established web servers for calculating the evolutionary conservation of amino acid positions in proteins using an empirical Bayesian inference, starting from protein structure and sequence, respectively. Here, we present the new version of the ConSurf web server that combines the two independent servers, providing an easier and more intuitive step-by-step interface, while offering the user more flexibility during the process. In addition, the new version of ConSurf calculates the evolutionary rates for nucleic acid sequences. The new version is freely available at:

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Conserved Sequence*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Internet
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation*
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Sequence Analysis*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Software*