TrEMBL release 17.0
Published June 1, 2001
TrEMBL Release Notes Release 17, June 2001 EMBL Outstation European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Hinxton Cambridge CB10 1SD United Kingdom Telephone: (+44 1223) 494 444 Fax: (+44 1223) 494 468 Electronic mail address: DATALIB@EBI.AC.UK WWW server: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) Centre Medical Universitaire 1, rue Michel Servet 1211 Geneva 4 Switzerland Telephone: (+41 22) 702 50 50 Fax: (+41 22) 702 58 58 Electronic mail address: Amos.Bairoch@isb-sib.ch WWW server: http://www.expasy.ch/ Acknowledgements TrEMBL has been prepared by: o Rolf Apweiler, Kirsty Bates, Margaret Biswas, Sergio Contrino, Kirill Degtyarenko, Wolfgang Fleischmann, Gill Fraser, Henning Hermjakob, Vivien Junker, Alexander Kanapin, Youla Karavidopoulou, Paul Kersey, Minna Lehvaslaiho, Michele Magrane, Maria Jesus Martin, Nicoletta Mitaritonna, Virginie Mittard, Steffen Moeller, Nicola Mulder, Claire O'Donovan, John F. O'Rourke, Isabelle Phan, Sandrine Pilbout, Eleanor Whitfield and Allyson Williams at the EMBL Outstation - European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, UK; o Amos Bairoch and Alain Gateau at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Geneva, Switzerland. Copyright Notice TrEMBL copyright (c) 2000 EMBL-EBI This manual and the database it accompanies may be copied and redistributed freely, without advance permission, provided that this copyright statement is reproduced with each copy. Citation If you want to cite TrEMBL in a publication please use the following reference: Bairoch A, and Apweiler R. The SWISS-PROT protein sequence data bank and its supplement TrEMBL in 2000. Nucl. Acids Res. 28:45-48(2000). 1. Introduction TrEMBL is a computer-annotated protein sequence database supplementing the SWISS-PROT Protein Sequence Data Bank. TrEMBL contains the translations of all coding sequences (CDS) present in the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database not yet integrated in SWISS-PROT. TrEMBL can be considered as a preliminary section of SWISS-PROT. For all TrEMBL entries which should finally be upgraded to the standard SWISS-PROT quality, SWISS-PROT accession numbers have been assigned. 2. Why a supplement to SWISS-PROT? The ongoing gene sequencing and mapping projects have dramatically increased the number of protein sequences to be incorporated into SWISS-PROT. We do not want to dilute the quality standards of SWISS-PROT by incorporating sequences without proper sequence analysis and annotation, but we do want to make the sequences available as fast as possible. TrEMBL achieves this second goal, and is a major step in the process of speeding up subsequent upgrading of annotation to the standard SWISS-PROT quality. To address the problem of redundancy, the translations of all coding sequences (CDS) in the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database already included in SWISS-PROT have been removed from TrEMBL. 3. The Release This TrEMBL release was created from the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database release 66 and updates up to 01.05.01 and contains 540'195 sequence entries, comprising 155'771'315 amino acids. To minimize redundancy, the translations of all coding sequences (CDS) in the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database already included in SWISS-PROT release 39.21. TrEMBL is split in two main sections: SP-TrEMBL and REM-TrEMBL: SP-TrEMBL (SWISS-PROT TrEMBL) contains the entries (473'505) which should be eventually incorporated into SWISS-PROT. SWISS-PROT accession numbers have been assigned for all SP-TrEMBL entries. SP-TrEMBL is organized in subsections: arc.dat (Archaea): 14653 entries fun.dat (Fungi): 12773 entries hum.dat (Human): 24037 entries inv.dat (Invertebrates): 56712 entries mam.dat (Other Mammals): 8380 entries mhc.dat (MHC proteins): 6821 entries org.dat (Organelles): 41900 entries phg.dat (Bacteriophages): 3895 entries pln.dat (Plants): 50780 entries pro.dat (Prokaryotes): 113140 entries rod.dat (Rodents): 12312 entries unc.dat (Unclassified): 135 entries vrl.dat (Viruses): 108495 entries vrt.dat (Other Vertebrates): 9812 entries 54'960 new entries have been integrated in SP-TrEMBL. The sequences of 609 SP-TrEMBL entries have been updated and the annotation has been updated in 299'529 entries. In the document deleteac.txt, you will find a list of all accession numbers which were previously present in TrEMBL, but which have now been deleted from the database. REM-TrEMBL (REMaining TrEMBL) contains the entries (66'690) that we do not want to include in SWISS-PROT. REM-TrEMBL entries have no accession numbers. This section is organized in six subsections: 1) Immunoglobulins and T-cell receptors (Immuno.dat) Most REM-TrEMBL entries are immunoglobulins and T-cell receptors. We stopped entering immunoglobulins and T-cell receptors into SWISS-PROT, because we only want to keep the germ line gene derived translations of these proteins in SWISS-PROT and not all known somatic recombinated variations of these proteins. We would like to create a specialized database dealing with these sequences as a further supplement to SWISS-PROT and keep only a representative cross-section of these proteins in SWISS-PROT. 2) Synthetic sequences (Synth.dat) Another category of data, which will not be included in SWISS-PROT are synthetic sequences. Again, we do not want to leave these entries in TrEMBL. Ideally one should build a specialized database for artificial sequences as a further supplement to SWISS-PROT. 3) Patent application sequences (Patent.dat) A third subsection consists of coding sequences captured from patent applications. A thorough survey of these entries have shown that apart from a rather small minority (which in most cases have already been integrated in SWISS-PROT), most of these sequences contain either erroneous data or concern artificially generated sequences outside the scope of SWISS-PROT. 4) Small fragments (Smalls.dat) Another subsection consists of fragments with less than eight amino acids. 5) CDS not coding for real proteins (Pseudo.dat) This subsection consists of CDS translations where we have strong evidence to believe that these CDS are not coding for real proteins. 6) Truncated proteins (Truncated.dat) The last subsection consists of truncated proteins which result from events like mutations introducing a stop codon leading to the truncation of the protein product. 4. Format Differences Between SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL The format and conventions used by TrEMBL follow as closely as possible that of SWISS-PROT. Hence, it is not necessary to produce an additional user manual and extensive release notes for TrEMBL. The information given in the SWISS-PROT release notes and user manual are in general valid for TrEMBL. The differences are mentioned below. The general structure of an entry is identical in SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL. The data class used in TrEMBL (in the ID line) is always 'PRELIMINARY', whereas in SWISS-PROT it is always 'STANDARD'. Differences in line types present in SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL: The ID line (IDentification): The entry name used in SP-TrEMBL is the same as the Accession Number of the entry. The entry name used in REM-TrEMBL is the stable part of the protein_id tagged to the corresponding CDS in the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database. 'protein_id' stands for the "Protein Identification" number. It is a number that you will find in the feature table of the EMBL nucleotide sequence entries in a qualifier called "/protein_id" which is tagged to every CDS. Example: FT CDS 339..1514 FT /codon_start=1 FT /db_xref="PID:g1256015" FT /product="dystrobrevin-epsilon" FT /protein_id="AAC50431.1" The protein_id is defined as follows in the The DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank Feature Table Definition documentation Qualifier /protein_id Definition Protein Identifier, issued by International collaborators. This qualifier consists of a stable ID portion (3+5 format with 3 position letters and 5 numbers) plus a version number after the decimal point. Value format Example /protein_id="AAA12345.1" Comment When the protein sequence encoded by the CDS changes, only the version number of the /protein_id value is incremented. The stable part of the /protein_id remains unchanged and as a result will permanently be associated with a given protein. This qualifier is valid only on CDS features which translate into a valid protein. The DT line (DaTe) The format of the DT lines that serve to indicate when an entry was created and updated are identical to that defined in SWISS-PROT; but the DT lines in TrEMBL refer to the TrEMBL release. The difference is shown in the example below. DT lines in a SWISS-PROT entry: DT 01-JAN-1988 (Rel. 06, Created) DT 01-JUL-1989 (Rel. 11, Last sequence update) DT 01-AUG-1992 (Rel. 23, Last annotation update) DT lines in a TrEMBL entry: DT 01-NOV-1996 (TrEMBLrel. 01, Created) DT 01-NOV-1996 (TrEMBLrel. 01, Last sequence update) DT 01-FEB-1997 (TrEMBLrel. 02, Last annotation update) 5. Weekly updates of TrEMBL and non-redundant data sets Weekly cumulative updates of TrEMBL are available by anonymous FTP and from the EBI SRS server. We also produce every week a complete non-redundant protein sequence collection by providing three compressed files (these are in the directory /pub/databases/sp_tr_nrdb on the EBI FTP server and in databases/sp_tr_nrdb on the ExPASy server): sprot.dat.Z, trembl.dat.Z and trembl_new.dat.Z. This set of non-redundant files is especially important for two types of users: (i) Managers of similarity search services. They can now provide what is currently the most comprehensive and non-redundant data set of protein sequences. (ii) Anybody wanting to update their full copy of SWISS-PROT + TrEMBL to their own schedule without having to wait for full releases of SWISS-PROT or of TrEMBL. We also recently introduced Varsplic Expand which is a program to generate "expanded" sequences from SWISS-PROT records i.e. sequences including the variants specified by the varsplic, variant and conflict annotations. New records are produced in either pseudo-SWISS-PROT or FASTA format for each specified variant. More information and the data is available at ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/databases/sp_tr_nrdb/ 6. Access/Data Distribution FTP server: ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/databases/trembl SRS server: http://srs.ebi.ac.uk/ TrEMBL is also available on the SWISS-PROT CD-ROM. SWISS-PROT + TrEMBL is searchable on the following servers at the EBI: FASTA3 (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/fasta3/) BLAST2 (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/blast2/) Bic_sw (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/bic_sw/) Scanps (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/scanps/) MPSrch (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/MPsrch/) 7. Planned Changes 7.1 We are introducing evidence tags to SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL entries. The aim of this is to allow users to see where data items came from and to enable SWISS-PROT staff to automatically update data if the underlying evidence changes. This is currently ongoing internally and we hope to provide a public version by the end of 2001. For more information, please see ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/databases/trembl/evidenceDocumentation.html We would welcome any feedback from the user community.