util.fasta {CHNOSZ}R Documentation

Functions for Reading FASTA Files and Downloading from UniProt


Search the header lines of a FASTA file, read protein sequences from a file, count numbers of amino acids in each sequence, and download sequences from UniProt.


  read.fasta(file, iseq = NULL, ret = "count", lines = NULL, 
    ihead = NULL, start=NULL, stop=NULL, type="protein", id = NULL)
  count.aa(seq, start=NULL, stop=NULL, type="protein")
  uniprot.aa(protein, start=NULL, stop=NULL)



character, path to FASTA file


numeric, which sequences to read from the file


character, specification for type of return (count, sequence, or FASTA format)


list of character, supply the lines here instead of reading them from file


numeric, which lines are headers


numeric, position in sequence to start counting


numeric, position in sequence to stop counting


character, sequence type (protein or DNA)


character, value to be used for protein in output table


character, amino acid sequence of a protein


character, entry name for protein in UniProt


read.fasta is used to retrieve entries from a FASTA file. Use iseq to select the sequences to read (the default is all sequences). The function returns various formats depending on the value of ret. The default count returns a data frame of amino acid counts (the data frame can be given to add.protein in order to add the proteins to thermo$protein), seq returns a list of sequences, and fas returns a list of lines extracted from the FASTA file, including the headers (this can be used e.g. to generate a new FASTA file with only the selected sequences). This function utilizes the OS's grep on supported operating systems in order to identify the header lines as well as cat to read the file, otherwise readLines and R's substr are used to read the file and locate the header lines. If the line numbers of the header lines were previously determined, they can be supplied in ihead. Optionally, the lines of a previously read file may be supplied in lines (in this case no file is needed so file should be set to ""). When ret is count, the names of the proteins in the resulting data frame are parsed from the header lines of the file, unless id is provided. If id is not given, and a UniProt FASTA header is detected (regular expression "\|......\|.*_"), information there (accession, name, organism) is split into the protein, abbrv, and organism columns of the resulting data frame.

count.aa counts the occurrences of each amino acid or nucleic-acid base in a sequence (seq). For amino acids, the columns in the returned data frame are in the same order as thermo$protein. Letters are matched without regard for case. A warning is generated if any character in seq, excluding spaces, is not one of the single-letter amino acid or nucleobase abbreviations. start and/or stop can be provided to count a fragment of the sequence (extracted using substr). If only one of start or stop is present, the other defaults to 1 (start) or the length of the sequence (stop).

uniprot.aa returns a data frame of amino acid composition, in the format of thermo$protein, retrieved from the protein sequence if it is available from UniProt (http://uniprot.org). The protein argument corresponds to the Entry name on the UniProt search pages.


read.fasta returns a list of sequences or lines (for ret equal to seq or fas, respectively), or a data frame with amino acid compositions of proteins (for ret equal to count) with columns corresponding to those in thermo$protein.

See Also

seq2aa, like count.aa, counts amino acids in a user-input sequence, but returns a data frame in the format of thermo$protein. nucleic.formula for an example of counting nucleobases in a DNA sequence.


## reading a protein FASTA file
# the path to the file
file <- system.file("extdata/fasta/EF-Tu.aln", package="CHNOSZ")
# read the sequences, and print the first one
read.fasta(file, ret="seq")[[1]]
# count the amino acids in the sequences
aa <- read.fasta(file)
# compute lengths (number of amino acids)

## Not run: 
# download amino acid composition of a protein
# start at position 2 to remove the initiator methionine
aa <- uniprot.aa("ALAT1_HUMAN", start=2)
# add it to thermo$protein
ip <- add.protein(aa)
# now it's possible to calculate some properties
subcrt("ALAT1_HUMAN", c("cr", "aq"), c(-1, 1))
# the amino acid composition can be saved for future use
write.csv(aa, "saved.aa.csv", row.names=FALSE)
# in another R session, the protein can be loaded without using uniprot.aa()
aa <- read.csv("saved.aa.csv", as.is=TRUE)

## count amino acids in a sequence
# warnings are issued for unrecognized characters
atest <- count.aa("WhatAmIMadeOf?")
# there are 3 "A" (alanine)
stopifnot(atest[, "A"]==3)

## End(Not run)

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