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How to link to UniProt entries (UniProtKB, UniParc and UniRef)

Standard format

The standard way of linking to UniProt databases, displaying the UniProt HTML view is:

http://www.uniprot.org/dataset/identifier

where the value of dataset is either uniprot, uniparc or uniref

Examples:

Remarks:

1. A UniProtKB accession number (AC) is a stable identifier and therefore allows unambiguous citation of a UniProtKB entry. This is not the case for the 'Entry name'. (see What is the difference between an accession number (AC) and the entry name?. It is recommended to always link to a UniProtKB entry by its primary accession number.

2. The UniRef identifiers (e.g. UniRef50_P99999) are not stable. These identifiers consist of the cluster resolution (UniRef50, 90 or 100) and the accession number of the representative. As clusters are recomputed at every release, the representatives may change.

Other formats

Additional formats for entries and queries can be displayed by adding an extension to the URL:

http://www.uniprot.org/dataset/identifier.format

The following .format values are valid:

  • txt	= flat file view (*)
  • xml	= xml format
  • fasta	= fasta format
  • rdf    = rdf format
  • gff    = gff format (*)
  • tab    = tab format (**)

(*)= not available for UniRef or UniParc

(**)= not available for UniProtKB

Examples:

Note that all individual records and queries are accessible using simple URLs (REST). All pages (in particular query results) can therefore be bookmarked and linked. Example: http://www.uniprot.org/uniprot/?query=gene:at2g37710

See also: