KLIFS: an overhaul after the first 5 years of supporting kinase research

Nucleic Acids Res. 2021 Jan 8;49(D1):D562-D569. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkaa895.


Kinases are a prime target of drug development efforts with >60 drug approvals in the past two decades. Due to the research into this protein family, a wealth of data has been accumulated that keeps on growing. KLIFS-Kinase-Ligand Interaction Fingerprints and Structures-is a structural database focusing on how kinase inhibitors interact with their targets. The aim of KLIFS is to support (structure-based) kinase research through the systematic collection, annotation, and processing of kinase structures. Now, 5 years after releasing the initial KLIFS website, the database has undergone a complete overhaul with a new website, new logo, and new functionalities. In this article, we start by looking back at how KLIFS has been used by the research community, followed by a description of the renewed KLIFS, and conclude with showcasing the functionalities of KLIFS. Major changes include the integration of approved drugs and inhibitors in clinical trials, extension of the coverage to atypical kinases, and a RESTful API for programmatic access. KLIFS is available at the new domain https://klifs.net.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein*
  • Ligands
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Protein Kinases / chemistry
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Research*


  • Ligands
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Protein Kinases