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SecretomeP - 2.0

Prediction of non-classical protein secretion

The SecretomeP 2.0 server produces ab initio predictions of non-classical i.e. not signal peptide triggered protein secretion. The method queries a large number of other feature prediction servers to obtain information on various post-translational and localizational aspects of the protein, which are integrated into the final secretion prediction.


Sequence submission: paste the sequence(s) and/or upload a local file


Paste a single sequence or several sequences in FASTA format into the field below:

Submit a file in FASTA format directly from your local disk:

Gram-negative bacteria
Gram-positive bacteria (temporarily not working)

At most 100 sequences and 200,000 amino acids per submission; each sequence not less than 40 and not more than 4,000 amino acids.

The sequences are kept confidential and will be deleted after processing.


For publication of results, please cite as follows. When using predictions for mammalian sequences:

Feature based prediction of non-classical and leaderless protein secretion
J. Dyrløv Bendtsen, L. Juhl Jensen, N. Blom, G. von Heijne and S. Brunak
Protein Eng. Des. Sel., 17(4):349-356, 2004

When using predictions for bacterial sequences:

Non-classical protein secretion in bacteria
J. Dyrløv Bendtsen, L. Kiemer, A. Fausbøll and S. Brunak
BMC Microbiology, 5:58, 2005


1. Specify the input sequences

All the input sequences must be in one-letter amino acid code. The allowed alphabet (not case sensitive) is as follows:


Please note that the sequences containing other symbols e.g. X (unknown) will be discarded before processing. The sequences can be input in the following two ways:

  • Paste a single sequence (just the amino acids) or a number of sequences in FASTA format into the upper window of the main server page.

  • Select a FASTA file on your local disk, either by typing the file name into the lower window or by browsing the disk.

Both ways can be employed at the same time: all the specified sequences will be processed. However, there may be not more than 100 sequences and 200,000 amino acids in total in one submission. The sequences shorter than 15 or longer than 4000 amino acids will be ignored.

2. Select organism

Different prediction models are used for different organisms. You are therefore required to select the organism type prior to running the prediction.

3. Submit the job

Click on the "Submit" button. The status of your job (either 'queued' or 'running') will be displayed and constantly updated until it terminates and the server output appears in the browser window.

At any time during the wait you may enter your e-mail address and simply leave the window. Your job will continue; you will be notified by e-mail when it has terminated. The e-mail message will contain the URL under which the results are stored; they will remain on the server for 24 hours for you to collect them.

NOTE: SecretomeP is dependent on a number of other programs that have to be run on the input sequences prior to employing the SecretomeP method itself. Therefore, the processing of multiple sequences may be time-consuming. In the case of prolonged wait the user is advised to use the e-mail option mentioned above.

Output format


For each input sequence the server predicts the possibility of non-classical secretion.

For eukaryotic sequences, an example of the output is shown below, but it is different in the version for bacteria. For that version, four scores are generated by the SecretomeP server for each input sequence. The determining score is the 'SecP score', for which a value above 0.5 indicates possible secretion. This score is the score mentioned in the reference paper, while the others are provided merely to give an idea about the degree of consent among the three different models used for the prediciton.

Even though SecretomeP is trained to predict non-classical secretion, it usually gives high score to proteins entering the classical secretory pathway (having signal peptides). The user is advised to check for conventional signal peptides if in doubt (See SignalP for more information).


# Name         NN-score  Odds   Weighted   Warning
#                               by prior
# ============================================================================
FGF1_HUMAN      0.847   4.267     0.009    -
FGF4_HUMAN      0.945   6.804     0.014    signal peptide predicted by SignalP
ATRX_HUMAN      0.093   0.205     0.000    -

In the example above the first protein, known to enter the non-classical secretory pathway, FGF1_HUMAN, is correctly predicted as secretory. The second classical secreted protein, FGF4_HUMAN, is correctly predicted as secretory, but a warning that a signal peptide is predicted is reported. The third protein, ATRX_HUMAN, a known nuclear protein, receives a low score, thus is correctly classified.


REFERENCE (prediction of non-classical secretion in bacteria)

Non-classical protein secretion in bacteria
J. D. Bendtsen, L. Kiemer, A. Fausbøll and S. Brunak.
BMC Microbiology 2005, 5:58


Background: We present an overview of bacterial non-classical secretion and a prediction method for identification of proteins following signal peptide independent secretion pathways. We have compiled a list of proteins found extracellularly despite the absence of a signal peptide. Some of these proteins also have known roles in the cytoplasm, which means they could be so-called ``moon-lightning'' proteins having more than one function.

Methods: A thorough literature search was conducted to compile a list of currently known bacterial non-classically secreted proteins. Pattern finding methods were applied to the sequences in order to identify putative signal sequences or motifs responsible for their secretion. Finally, artificial neural networks were used to construct protein feature based methods for identification of non-classically secreted proteins in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

Results: We have found no signal or motif characteristic to any majority of the proteins in the compiled list of non-classically secreted proteins, and conclude that these proteins, indeed, seem to be secreted in a novel fashion. However, we also show that the apparently non-classically secreted proteins are still distinguished from cellular proteins by properties such as amino acid composition, secondary structure and disordered regions. Specifically, prediction of disorder reveals that bacterial secretory proteins are more structurally disordered than their cytoplasmic counterparts.

Conclusions: We present a publicly available prediction method capable of discriminating between this group of proteins and other proteins, thus allowing for the identification of novel non-classically secreted proteins. We suggest candidates for non-classically secreted proteins in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. The prediction method is available at http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/services/SecretomeP-2.0/.

PMID: 16212653

doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-5-58

Data sets

Data sets used for training of SecretomeP v. 2.0

Positive training set
Negative training set

Positive training set
Negative training set

Supplementary material

Prokaryotic proteome scans

E. coli

Download file with top scoring proteins from E. coli excluding signal peptide containing sequences.

B. subtilis

Download file with top scoring proteins from B. subtilis excluding signal peptide containing sequences.

Performance of the method

ROC curves for Gram-negative and Gram-positive, respectively.
Features for Gram-

Software Downloads


If you need help regarding technical issues (e.g. errors or missing results) contact Technical Support. Please include the name of the service and version (e.g. NetPhos-4.0) and the options you have selected. If the error occurs after the job has started running, please include the JOB ID (the long code that you see while the job is running).

If you have scientific questions (e.g. how the method works or how to interpret results), contact Correspondence.

Correspondence: Technical Support: