new multiple sequences alignment server
baudou at lysine.biq.fundp.ac.be
Tue Sep 3 11:07:08 EST 1996
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Match-Box Server 1.1 multiple sequence alignment server.
Guy Baudoux, Isabelle Reginster, Pascal Briffeuil,
Eric Depiereux and Ernest Feytmans.
Laboratory of Structural Molecular Biology, University of Namur,
Rue de Bruxelles, 61 : Tel: +32-81-72-44-15
5000 Namur, Belgium : Fax: +32-81-72-44-15
E-mail: matchbox-help at biq.fundp.ac.be
Project supported by the Walloon Government,
Federal State of Belgium.
We are pleased to announce the availability of a new sequence
server, based on the Match-Box software developped by Drs. Eric
and Ernest Feytmans (1,2).
The Match-Box software proposes protein sequence alignment tools based
strict statistical criteria. The method circumvents the gap penalty
requirement: in the Match-Box method the gaps are the result of the
and not a governing parameter of the matching procedure.
The method produces reliable results, as assessed by the tests
protein families of known structures and of low sequence similarity.
A reliability score is computed in relation with a threshold of
progressively raised to extend the aligned regions to their maximal
The score obtained at each position of the final alignment is printed
the sequences and allows a discriminant reading of each aligned region.
Several additional outputs present pairwise similarity analyses in
allow delineation of relevant subsets of related sequences and to avoid
alignment of unrelated sequences.
The lysozyme and alpha-lactalbumin is a well-known family of enzymes
discussed in depth by H.A.McKenzie and F.H.White (3). The sequences of
lysozymes structures 1ALC, 1LZ1, 2LZ2 and 2LZT were aligned with the
Match-Box server that gives the following result:
Sequences number, length and name
1 122 1ALC 2 130 1LZ1 3 129 2LZ2 4 129
10 20 30 40 50 60
+ + + + + +
11111111111113 333333333444444 2222222222
80 90 100 110 120 130
+ + + + + +
The Match-Box program tries to find "boxes" (segments that are similar
all sequences submitted by the user): residues included in the boxes
printed in lowercase. Residues in upper case are not aligned, and gaps
placed arbitrarily before the next box.
A reliability score is written below each position in the boxes. It is
related to the statistical significance of the alignment at this
the lowest scores corresponds to the highest reliability of the
The Match-Box server is available at the Web site:
Using this web page, you can submit up to 50 protein sequences of no
than 2000 amino-acids each and receive by e-mail 2 output listings,
from two different analysis:
* explore : analyses the global similarities between the sequences.
* align : produces boxes (blocks) detected in the sequences and
arranged in the form of a multiple alignment.
This server can also be reached by electronic mail at the address:
matchbox at biq.fundp.ac.be
where you can send the key word "help" in the body of the message to
informations about the methods of e-mail submission of data.
In a preliminary test period, the server is accessible to any person
academic or commercial institutions. A version of the software, as a
standalone program with a graphic interface is under developement.
The sequences can be submitted in FASTA-like, HSSP, or MSF formats,
and the scoring matrices used by the programs can be selected directly
the web page.
The Match-Box server returns by default two listings "explore" and
Moreover the user can also ask to receive an alignment in MSF or HSSP
and a picture of the alignment in PostScript format.
The web page gives access to a series of documents: general
details about the method, examples with explanation of the results.
1. Depiereux, E. & Feytmans, E. (1991). Simultaneous amd multivariate
alignment of protein sequences: correspondance between
profiles and structurally conserved regions (SCR). Prot. Engng.
2. Depiereux, E. & Feytmans, E. (1992). MATCH-BOX - A fundamentally
algorithm for the simultaneous alignment of several protein
Comput. Appl. Biosci. 8(5), 501-509.
3. McKenzie, H.A. & White, F.H. (Jr) (1991). Lysozyme and
function and interrelationships. Adv. Prot. Chem. 41, 173-258.
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