WSMaxsprout Clients


The WSMaxsprout service, used by these clients, was decommissioned on Tuesday 27th November 2012, and replaced by the following services:

The service documentation and clients below are historical and provided solely for reference purposes.


MaxSprout 1) is a fast database algorithm for generating protein backbone and side chain co-ordinates from a C(alpha) trace. The backbone is assembled from fragments taken from known structures. Side chain conformations are optimised in rotamer space using a rough potential energy function to avoid clashes.

For more information about this tool see:

Web Service

For details of the service used by these clients see WSMaxSprout Web Service.

C# .NET Client

.NET runtime

The Microsoft .NET runtime is already installed on most MS Windows systems. The Microsoft .NET runtime is available via Microsoft Update or as a download (see

For MacOS X, Linux and other non-Windows systems see Mono or DotGNU.

Get the client

Download the C# client:

Run without arguments to get a usage summary:


Java Client


Download and unzip the library files and add the jars to the Java classpath.

Get the client

Download the Java client:

To get usage information run the client without arguments:

java -Djava.ext.dirs=lib -jar WSMaxsprout.jar

Perl Client

Install SOAP::Lite

To run the Perl client you need to install SOAP::Lite first. SOAP::Lite is a collection of Perl modules which provides a simple and lightweight interface to SOAP for both client and server applications. This client requires SOAP::Lite version 0.60.

Get the client

Download the Perl client:

To get information on the available options and usage of the client, run without specifying any options:



Workflow engines such as Taverna and Triana offer a simple way of combining individual web services into complex applications.


A basic workflow showing how to use WSMaxsprout can be found on myExperiment.

1) Holm L. and Sander C. (1991)
Database algorithm for generating protein backbone and side-chain co-ordinates from a C alpha trace application to model building and detection of co-ordinate errors.
J. Mol. Biol. 218(1):183-94
PubMed: 2002501
DOI: 10.1016/0022-2836(91)90883-8
services/archive/structure/wsmaxsprout_clients.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/23 16:49 by hpm