Patscanui: an intuitive web interface for searching patterns in DNA and protein data

Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Jul 2;46(W1):W205-W208. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky321.


Patterns in biological sequences frequently signify interesting features in the underlying molecule. Many tools exist to search for well-known patterns. Less support is available for exploratory analysis, where no well-defined patterns are known yet. PatScanUI ( provides a highly interactive web interface to the powerful generic pattern search tool PatScan. The complex PatScan-patterns are created in a drag-and-drop aware interface allowing researchers to do rapid prototyping of the often complicated patterns useful to identifying features of interest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Internet
  • Iron
  • Response Elements
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / methods*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein / methods*
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Iron