Genome properties in 2019: a new companion database to InterPro for the inference of complete functional attributes

Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Jan 8;47(D1):D564-D572. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky1013.


Automatic annotation of protein function is routinely applied to newly sequenced genomes. While this provides a fine-grained view of an organism's functional protein repertoire, proteins, more commonly function in a coordinated manner, such as in pathways or multimeric complexes. Genome Properties (GPs) define such functional entities as a series of steps, originally described by either TIGRFAMs or Pfam entries. To increase the scope of coverage, we have migrated GPs to function as a companion resource utilizing InterPro entries. Having introduced GPs-specific versioned releases, we provide software and data via a GitHub repository, and have developed a new web interface to GPs (available at In addition to exploring each of the 1286 GPs, the website contains GPs pre-calculated for a representative set of proteomes; these results can be used to profile GPs phylogenetically via an interactive viewer. Users can upload novel data to the viewer for comparison with the pre-calculated results. Over the last year, we have added ∼700 new GPs, increasing the coverage of eukaryotic systems, as well as increasing general coverage through automatic generation of GPs from related resources. All data are freely available via the website and the GitHub repository.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein*
  • Genome*
  • Genome, Microbial
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways / genetics
  • Multiprotein Complexes / genetics
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Proteome


  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Proteins
  • Proteome