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LYRA - 1.0

Lymphocyte receptor automated modelling

The LYRA server predicts structures for either T-Cell Receptors (TCR) or B-Cell Receptors (BCR) using homology modelling. Framework templates are selected based on BLOSUM score, and complementary determining regions (CDR) are then selected if needed based on a canonical structure model and grafted onto the framework templates.

LYRA: Lymphocyte Receptor Automated Modelling

Submit data

Input a pair of TCR or BCR protein sequences in any order. One sequence per field, no fasta headers. After submission of sequences is complete, it is possible to manually select new templates and resubmit. Prediction of structure should take less than a few minutes depending on queue status.

Notice: We've detected an input sequence in nucleotides, which will automatically be translated into a peptide sequence.

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Database version: 2015-04-13

LYRA: Lymphocyte Receptor Automated Modelling


The LYRA prediction server requires a pair of TCR chains or BCR chains and allows both protein sequences and nucleic acid sequences.

Paste chain sequences into field 1 and 2 as marked by arrows A and B above. If any specific PDB templates should be ignored when modelling, use the optional blacklist field (usually used for benchmarking) marked by arrow C in the screenshot above. When all required fields are filled click the submit button to get your results.

After the server successfully finishes the job, a summary page shows up. If an error happens during modelling a log will appear specifying the error.

Use the navigation bar (arrow A) to flip through the various output pages. The default page is the summary, which shows a table of template structures and calculated canonical structures for both chains (arrow D) as well as the aligned sequences (arrow E) with the input sequence, the template sequence and the variable loops highlighted. Use the download button (arrow C) to download the generated PDB file, or select "more" to get alternate download options.

Manual Template Selection

After results are generated an option of manually changing the framework templates for each chain is revealed (arrow B above).

On the manual template selection page the top 10 scoring templates are shown in a table (arrow B). The number of shown templates can be changed by selecting a different number using the dropdown at arrow A.

When entering the Manual Template Selection tab the current framework templates are highlighted within the top templates. Change to the wanted framework templates and click the submit button. Whenever a new template is selected, the alignment is automatically updated to show the template:input sequence alignment (arrow D).

This creates and new result page with the new selected framework templates.

Note that only the framework templates are changed. The LYRA server will still select the optimal canonical structures for each CDR loop with a different length or canonical structure. Specific structure templates can be blacklisted using the blacklist input field (arrow C above).

LYRA: Lymphocyte Receptor Automated Modelling

Please cite:

Klausen MS, Anderson MV, Jespersen MC, Nielsen M, Marcatili P. LYRA, a webserver for lymphocyte receptor structural modeling. Nucleic Acids Research. 2015;43(Web Server issue):W349-W355. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv535.


The accurate structural modeling of B- and T-cell receptors is fundamental to gain a detailed insight in the mechanisms underlying immunity and in developing new drugs and therapies. The LYRA (LYmphocyte Receptor Automated modeling) web server implements a complete and automated method for building of B- and T-cell receptor structural models starting from their amino acid sequence alone. The webserver is freely available and easy to use for non-specialists. Upon submission, LYRA automatically generates alignments using ad hoc profiles, predicts the structural class of each hypervariable loop, selects the best templates in an automatic fashion, and provides within minutes a complete 3D model that can be downloaded or inspected online. Experienced users can manually select or exclude template structures according to case specific information. LYRA is based on the canonical structure method, that in the last 30 years has been successfully used to generate antibody models of high accuracy, and in our benchmarks this approach proves to achieve similarly good results on TCR modeling, with a benchmarked average RMSD accuracy of 1.29 and 1.48 Å for B- and T-cell receptors, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, LYRA is the first automated server for the prediction of TCR structure.

Software Downloads

  • Version 1.0