In CLC Main Workbench you can translate a nucleotide sequence into a protein sequence using the Toolbox tools. Usually, you use the +1 reading frame which means that the translation starts from the first nucleotide. Stop codons result in an asterisk being inserted in the protein sequence at the corresponding position. It is possible to translate in any combination of the six reading frames in one analysis. To translate, go to:
Toolbox | Nucleotide Analysis ()| Translate to Protein ()
This opens the dialog displayed in figure 16.5:
If a sequence was selected before choosing the Toolbox action, the sequence is now listed in the Selected Elements window of the dialog. Use the arrows to add or remove sequences or sequence lists from the selected elements.
Clicking Next generates the dialog seen in figure 16.6:
Here you have the following options:
- Reading frames
- If you wish to translate the whole sequence, you must specify the reading frame for the translation. If you select e.g. two reading frames, two protein sequences are generated.
- Translate CDS
- You can choose to translate regions marked by and CDS or ORF annotation. This will generate a protein sequence for each CDS or ORF annotation on the sequence. The "Extract existing translations from annotation" allows to list the amino acid CDS sequence shown in the tool tip annotation (e.g. interstate from NCBI download) and does therefore not represent a translation of the actual nt sequence.
- Genetic code translation table
- Lets you specify the genetic code for the translation. The translation tables used are listed in here.
Click Next if you wish to adjust how to handle the results. If not, click Finish. The newly created protein is shown, but is not saved automatically.
To save a protein sequence, drag it into the Navigation Area or press Ctrl + S ( + S on Mac) to activate a save dialog.
The name for a coding region translation consists of the name of the input sequence followed by the annotation type and finally the annotation name.