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Getting all Ensembl protein lengths
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4.9 years ago
United Kingdom

Hi all,

I have a very simple but massively frustrating problem. I am interested in just getting all of the lengths (number of amino acid residues) associated with Ensembl proteins.

The BioMart interface to Ensembl has plenty of information, but not protein lengths. The biomaRt package for R looks great, but doesn't have protein lengths. This is madness!

Things I've tried:
- Converting a list of all ENSPs to Uniprot IDs and getting the protein lengths from Uniprot. This doesn't work well since a single Uniprot accession can correspond to several ENSPs, and I'm interested in having all the isoform information.
- Getting the CDS lengths out of BioMart, and noting that they're about 3 times the protein lengths. This isn't precise enough, though.
- Getting ENSP sequences out of BioMart with the aim of counting the amino acids to get the length. This is possible to script so I'm happy to do this if there are no other options.

I'm sure others have encountered the same issue. What do you all think?

---- Edit: still haven't found a direct source of protein length info, but here's some code that calculates them given a text file of ENSP accessions




load ensp table

ensp <- read.table("~/Projects/chimera_project/analyses/pfam_smart_domain_mapping/all_ensp.txt", header=TRUE)
ensp <- ensp$ensembl_protein_id
head(ensp); length(ensp)

set up mart/dataset

ensembl.human = useMart(biomart="ensembl", dataset = "hsapiens_gene_ensembl")

see how long it takes to fetch sequences of ensps in list

start_time <- proc.time()
human.prot = getSequence(id=head(ensp, 500), mart=ensembl.human, seqType=c("peptide"), type="ensembl_peptide_id")
proc.time() - start_time

what have we got here


reformat result and calculate protein lengths

result <-[1], human.prot[2]))
result$length <- nchar(result$peptide) - 1

write out

write.table(x=result, sep='\t', file="~/Projects/chimera_project/analyses/pfam_smart_domain_mapping/ensp_sequences_with_length.txt")

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10 months ago
Belgium, Brussels

As you say, get protein sequences in fasta format, open it in R and compute the length of each protein sequences using a mix of sapply and nchar. something like : protLength <- sapply(protSeq,nchar)

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Thanks :) Length info should really be part of these repositories, but you're right that one can just fairly quickly compute it themselves.

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13 months ago
Shicheng Guo ♦ 7.5k

Step by Step

  1. download all the protein sequence from uniprot

  2. use perl code to calculate protein length for each gene. gene symbol is saved in GN=Symbol

  3. You can find protein length for all gene in this link which I finished in 2019

  4. Also you can download from my cloud disk: and passwd: wg96

    open F,"uniprot-proteome_UP000005640.fasta";
     my $protein;
        my $len=length($protein);
        print "$len\n$1\t";
        $protein .=$_;

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