The BioCatNet database system is a repository of sequence, structure and biocatalytic data on protein families to facilitate protein engineering.


Q: How can I submit my experimental data?

A: Currently, upload is maintainted by sending file templates to the administrator. Please mention your desired enzyme family database. A list of available databases can be found on the BioCatNet Homepage. Experimental data will be assigned to your BioCatNet user account. Please register on the respective database home page, if you do not already have an account.

Q: Where can I find the file template for submission of my experimental data?.

A: The file template can be downloaded here.

Q: When do I have to register myself as a BioCatNet user?

A: Experimental data is available to registered users or user groups. In case you intend to submit experimental data, you should register first. Your submitted data can then be linked to your BioCatNet user. Detailed read or write permissions for your data set can be adjusted by request to the administrator.
Browsing publicly available sequences or structures is available without prior registration.

Q: Where can I register myself as a BioCatNet user? Where can I log in?

A: Find the user icon on the top right corner of the respective database start page (between the workbench button and the magnifying glass) and select register or login.

Q: I get a network error message while browsing the taxonomy tree.

A: The requested taxon may contain too many items to display at once. Wait until a link to all the available siblings appears.

Third Party Libraries and Applications

The BioCatNet web application is powered by an Apache webserver in combination with PHP 5.4.4. The database application is powered by Firebird 2.5.

The web pages are based on a HTML, CSS and JavaScript framework from Bootstrap. Protein structures can be visualized within BioCatNet using PV protein viewer. Chemical molecules are drawn by Ketcher and Indigo Toolit. The molecular mass can be calculated automatically with the help of Open Babel.

BLAST searches apply blastp, a tool developed and used at NCBI.