Why do we need InterPro?
Protein signature databases have become vital tools for classification of protein sequences in order to infer their function. Many protein signature-based resources are now available, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
We need InterPro because it:
- Unites the member databases, capitalising on their individual strengths to produce a powerful classification tool.
- Provides a single convenient searchable location, allowing simultaneous querying of all member databases.
- Adds information (including descriptive abstracts and Gene Ontology terms) to the signatures, which may be used to annotate the proteins they match.