What is proWeb?
Tools on the proWeb Site
Create a proWeb page
Kinesin Home Page
Myosin Home Page
Additional Protein Family Sites and Resources
Download proWeb software
If you are looking for the TILLING project pages, please go to http://tilling.fhcrc.org/.
proWeb is our name for a WWW-based approach to protein family documentation. Unlike previous protein family classification systems, which summarize features of a protein family via a documentation entry, proWeb tries to capture some of the biological richness via a dedicated World Wide Web site. Information about individual family members is obtained through links to home pages of workers in the field, where their own contributions are usually described. In this way, proWeb takes advantage of existing resources maintained by the researchers themselves. We intend that a proWeb site be initially designed in collaboration with an expert on the protein family, who along with others in the field, will provide input for maintaining and updating the site once it is launched. We expect that the primary utility of a proWeb site is similar to that of a written review. In addition, links from searchable databases such as Blocks, Prints and Pfam to a proWeb site and links from there to relevant individual sites provide a smooth transition from a database hit to rich biological information needed for making functional inferences. Moreover, a proWeb site can supplement written reviews because it can be updated and can include material beyond the scope of print technology, such as animation.
We have chosen the kinesins as our prototype proWeb site. If you browse the site, the reason for this choice should be obvious. Thanks go to kinesin researchers, and especially Sharyn Endow, for help in designing the site and in providing material. We welcome suggestions as to how the site can be improved, as well as inquiries on setting up and including sites for other protein families in the proWeb network. If you know of a useful protein family site that is not on our current list, please let us know.
Henikoff, S, Endow, SA and Greene, EA. 1996. Connecting protein family resources using the proWeb network. TIBS 21: 444-445.
Thanks to our funding agency:
DOE Office of Energy Research
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