AlignMe: an update of the web server for alignment of membrane protein sequences

Nucleic Acids Res. 2022 Jul 5;50(W1):W29-W35. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkac391.


The AlignMe web server is dedicated to accurately aligning sequences of membrane proteins, a particularly challenging task due to the strong evolutionary divergence and the low compositional complexity of hydrophobic membrane-spanning proteins. AlignMe can create pairwise alignments of either two primary amino acid sequences or two hydropathy profiles. The web server for AlignMe has been continuously available for >10 years, supporting 1000s of users per year. Recent improvements include anchoring, multiple submissions, and structure visualization. Anchoring is the ability to constrain a position in an alignment, which allows expert information about related residues in proteins to be incorporated into an alignment without manual modification. The original web interface to the server limited the user to one alignment per submission, hindering larger scale studies. Now, batches of alignments can be initiated with a single submission. Finally, to provide structural context for the relationship between proteins, sequence similarity can now be mapped onto one or more structures (or structural models) of the proteins being aligned, by links to MutationExplorer, a web-based visualization tool. Together with a refreshed user interface, these features further enhance an important resource in the membrane protein community. The AlignMe web server is freely available at

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Internet
  • Membrane Proteins* / genetics
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Software*


  • Membrane Proteins