Announcement of PIR Network Request Server
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Wed Apr 1 18:52:03 EST 1992
Announcement of the Protein Identification Resource
Network Request Service
Six commands and access to one new database has been added to the PIR network
request service. The new commands are MEMBER, USE, QUERY, and the Boolean
operators AND, NOT and OR. They are described below in more detail. The new
database is ALN which contains alignments of protein sequences developed at
the National Biomedical Research Foundation. This database is automatically
available through all the commands that can use it.
The National Biomedical Research Foundation Protein Identification Resource
network request service is a full-function fileserver and database query
system. It has been operating since August 1990 and is capable of handling
database queries, sequence searches and sequence submissions, in addition to
fileserver requests. To use this server, request commands should be sent to
FILESERV at GUNBRF on BITNET. The FILESERVer recognizes the following commands
sent either in a mail message, or (if the sender is on BITNET) in command
messages or in a file:
ACCESSION list entry codes and titles by accession number
AND combine QUERY commands with Boolean AND
AUTHOR list entry codes and titles by author
BASES list accessible databases
DEPOSIT deposit entry for database submission
END DEPOSIT terminate deposit entry
FEATURE list entry codes and titles by feature table entry
GET return entry by entry code
HELP return HELP instructions
HOST list entry codes and titles by host species
INDEX list SENDable files
JOURNAL list entry codes and titles by journal citation
KEYWORD list entry codes and titles by keyword
MEMBER list alignments containing entry code as a member
NOT combine QUERY commands with Boolean NOT
OR combine QUERY commands with Boolean OR
QUERY begin collecting QUERY commands
END QUERY terminate collecting commands and execute QUERY
QUIT ignore the remaining text (E-mail signature blocks)
RETURN change return address for gateway mail
SEARCH search for sequence by FASTA procedure
END SEARCH terminate sequence for searching
SEND send file
SPECIES list entry codes and titles by species
SUGGEST leave suggestion or correction for PIR staff
END SUGGEST terminate suggestion text
SUPERFAMILY list entry codes and titles by superfamily name
TAXONOMY report taxonomy for scientific or common name
TITLE list entry codes and titles by title
USE set databases or dates to use in limited searches
Multiple commands can be sent with one command on each line of a mail message
or file. Commands should NOT be sent on the Subject line of a mail message.
Receipt of command messages and files will be acknowledged immediately. Mail
messages will be acknowledged by return mail.
For help in using any of the commands, send a request of the for
In addition to the commands, help instructions are also available on the
Because of network gateway communication protocols, there are limitations
on requests sent through gateways. Users not on BITNET or INTERNET who
access BITNET through local or network gateways should read and carefully
follow these instructions before sending requests. Only mail message
requests (not command messages or files) can be sent through gateways.
Because addresses posted on gateway mail do not always work for the return,
before you send requests through network gateways it is strongly recommended
that you first contact Dr. John S. Garavelli at POSTMASTER at GUNBRF on BITNET.
We will confirm a return address for you and may instruct you to use the
RETURN command to insure that your request output will reach you. It is not
usually necessary to do this if you are on BITNET or INTERNET, unless your
system employs a local remailer or your mail program applies a non-standard
return address (for example a personal name on the FROM: line).
The BITNET network and the network gateways impose strict limits on file size.
Poorly posed database queries may result in output so extensive that it could
not be returned by network mail. Therefore, an output limit of 1000 lines for
each command and 3000 lines for each request is imposed by the PIR FILESERVer.
The DEPOSIT and QUERY commands must, and the SEARCH and SUGGEST commands may,
be followed by their respective END commands when text appears on intervening
lines. The DEPOSIT command requires, and the SEARCH command optionally uses,
parameters that appear on the same line as the command. Because these four
commands are so complex, users should obtain and carefully read the help
instructions before attempting to use them.
Here is a brief synopsis of each server command.
This command will return a list of entry codes and titles for entries with
accession numbers matching the left portion of the accession number provided.
This command performs a Boolean AND operation in a QUERY, using the set of
entries collected by the preceding commands and selecting those that
additionally meet the condition specified in the next command.
This command will return a list of entry codes and titles for entries with an
author matching the portion of the author name provided.
This command will return a list of the accessible databases and the number of
entries each contains. The databases available through the PIR Network Server
and their abbreviations for code specification are as follows:
Abbreviation Database Update Schedule
PIR1 PIR Annotated and Classified Entries quarterly
PIR2 PIR Preliminary Entries approximately bimonthly
PIR3 PIR Unverified Entries weekly
ALN PIR Alignment Entries quarterly
NRL_3D Brookhaven Data Bank Sequences quarterly
N NBRF Nucleic
GB GenBank (TM) as received
GBNEW GenBank (TM) New Entries weekly
EMBL EMBL as received
Access to these and additional databases can be provided to on-line users.
DEPOSIT FORM or DEPOSIT AUTHORIN
This command will allow the submission of protein sequence entries prepared in
a standard format. The PIR accepts submissions in the electronic version of
the GenBank/EMBL/PIR Data Submission Form, or in the Transaction Protocol
Format of the GenBank AUTHORIN program. This command MUST be followed on the
same line by either FORM or AUTHORIN to indicate the type of deposit, and by
the END DEPOSIT command at the end of the text of the entry. Only one DEPOSIT
command should be sent with each request. A separate form must be submitted
for each sequence. Forms with more than one sequence and requests with more
than one DEPOSIT command cannot be accepted.
It is important that nucleotide sequences including authors' protein sequence
translations be submitted to only to GenBank or EMBL, as appropriate, and not
to the PIR FILESERVer. GenBank and EMBL forward protein sequences to the PIR
International with no further effort required on the part of the author.
This command will return a list of entry codes and titles for entries in the
PIR databases only with an entry in the feature table matching the portion of
the feature name provided. A list of the features currently in the database
can be obtained by the command SEND FEATURES.
This command will return the full text of an entry with the code matching
the code provided. These codes are found in the lists returned by one of
the query commands (ACCESSION, AUTHOR, JOURNAL, FEATURE, HOST, KEYWORD,
SPECIES, SUPERFAMILY or TITLE) or the MEMBER command. The format of the
code is a database abbreviation, a colon, and f
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