A Completely Reimplemented MPI Bioinformatics Toolkit with a New HHpred Server at its Core

J Mol Biol. 2018 Jul 20;430(15):2237-2243. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2017.12.007. Epub 2017 Dec 16.


The MPI Bioinformatics Toolkit (https://toolkit.tuebingen.mpg.de) is a free, one-stop web service for protein bioinformatic analysis. It currently offers 34 interconnected external and in-house tools, whose functionality covers sequence similarity searching, alignment construction, detection of sequence features, structure prediction, and sequence classification. This breadth has made the Toolkit an important resource for experimental biology and for teaching bioinformatic inquiry. Recently, we replaced the first version of the Toolkit, which was released in 2005 and had served around 2.5 million queries, with an entirely new version, focusing on improved features for the comprehensive analysis of proteins, as well as on promoting teaching. For instance, our popular remote homology detection server, HHpred, now allows pairwise comparison of two sequences or alignments and offers additional profile HMMs for several model organisms and domain databases. Here, we introduce the new version of our Toolkit and its application to the analysis of proteins.

Keywords: HHblits; HHpred; MPI Bioinformatics Toolkit; remote homology detection; structure prediction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Sequence Alignment / methods*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Software*


  • Proteins