What is CluSeek?

CluSeek is a universal tool that searches for diverse types of gene clusters, making it a valuable resource for researchers across a variety of biological fields. CluSeek searches for homologs of two or more co-localized genes and their neighborhood (gene clusters) in bacterial genomes within the sequencing data of GenBank database. This easy-to-use tool provides a convenient and efficient way to analyze genomic data and retrieve gene clusters that contain user-selected genes.

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Is CluSeek similar to antiSMASH?

Genome mining of biosynthetic gene clusters is the same research area where you would often use antiSMASH or Prism. However, CluSeek operates on a fundamentally different principle and deals with different types of queries. Both antiSMASH and Prism compare a certain amount of sequencing data (typically a sequenced genome) with an internal library of known biosynthetic gene clusters to find similar gene clusters. On the other hand, CluSeek scans all data within the GenBank database and does not rely on pre-existing internal libraries of known gene clusters. CluSeek can search for gene clusters encoding metabolites with a specific structural motif (based on co-localized biosynthetic genes) or function (based on resistance determinants).

Is CluSeek easy to use?

Yes, CluSeek is easy to use. Although the web-based version is still under development, you can already access CluSeek without difficult installation. CluSeek follows a simple download-open-use principle and has a convenient graphical user interface, making it easy to operate even for users with no IT expertise.

Are there any limitations to using CluSeek?

CluSeek has been developed for prokaryotic genomes; however, preliminary testing shows that it can successfully handle also sequencing data from eukaryotes. Currently, CluSeek is fully compatible with Windows, while its adaptation for other platforms is in progress (let us know if it would be relevant to you).

Can I try using CluSeek now?

Yes, you can. Download, open and run as follows:

  1. Create a folder for CluSeek (on your desktop for instance).
  2. Download CluSeek and extract the files from .zip to the folder for CluSeek.
    Note: CluSeek requires USEARCH for aligning amino acid sequences. CluSeek will download USEARCH by itself automatically. Should that fail, you may download it manually here.
  3. Open x86_redistributables file in the CluSeek folder and confirm its installation.
  4. Open CluSeek in the CluSeek folder and you are ready to start!
    Note: A data folder is used to store previously downloaded information. A new one is created automatically if a pre-existing one is not detected. If you wish to purge CluSeek’s memory, simply delete the data folder.

Can I get more information on CluSeek and how to use it?

Yes. A detailed user manual is available here.

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