ESPript  3.0

News  NEWS • September 9, 2014: if you want to relax, the ESPript 'Rebcross' game is online!
• July 1, 2014: ESPript3 paper is published in the 2014 Web Server Issue of Nucleic Acids Research (freely accessible online).
• January 23, 2014: T-Coffee is now interfaced with ESPript
• December 23, 2013: we are pleased to announce the release of a major update: ESPript version 3.0!

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What is ESPript?
  • ESPript, 'Easy Sequencing in PostScript', is a program which renders sequence similarities and secondary structure information from aligned sequences for analysis and publication purpose.

ESPript figure
Excerpt from a generated ESPript figure (full size in PDF)

  • Key features:

    • ESPript is a utility, whose output is a PostScript / PDF / PNG or TIFF file of aligned sequences with graphical enhancements.
    • Its main input is a file of pre-aligned sequences in Clustal, FASTA, MultAlin, NPS@ or ProDom format.
    • The program calculates a similarity score for each residue of the aligned sequences.
    • Optional files allow further rendering.

  • A typical ESPript figure shows:

    • aligned sequences,
    • similarities,
    • consensus,
    • accessibility,
    • hydropathy,
    • secondary structures elements,
    • intermolecular contacts,
    • user-supplied markers.

  • Biotool Web servers interfaced with ESPript:

    • ENDscript:
    • ENDscript is a friendly Web server, which extracts and renders a comprehensive analysis of primary to quaternary protein structure information in an automated way. Several ENDscript representations are produced with ESPript.

    • T-Coffee:
    • T-Coffee is a collection of tools for computing, evaluating and manipulating multiple alignments of DNA, RNA, protein sequences and structures.

    • NPS@:
    • NPS@ is an interactive Web server dedicated to protein sequence analysis. NPS@ can carry out multiple sequence alignments with ClustalW or MultAlin and resulting outputs can be rendered with ESPript.

    • MultAlin:
    • MultAlin is a multiple sequence alignment program with hierarchical clustering. Resulting alignments can be rendered with ESPript.

    • ProDom:
    • ProDom is a protein domain family database constructed automatically by clustering homologous segments. ESPript is used to print high-quality representations of domain families.

Google Scholar citations: ESPript v1.0 / ESPript v2.0

Terms of use

  • ESPript is provided as a service to the scientific community and may be used free of charge for research and educational purposes. For non-academic use or if you want a custom/private installation of ESPript at your organization, please contact authors. We reserve the right to block access to the service in case of non-respect of these clauses.

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