BACKGROUNDThe Programmed Ribosomal Frameshift Database (PRFdb) provides an interface to help researchers identify potential programmed -1 ribosomal frameshift (-1 PRF) signals in eukaryotic genes or sequences of interest.RESULTSTo identify putative -1 PRF signals, sequences are first imported from whole genomes or datasets, e.g. the yeast genome project and mammalian gene collection. They are then filtered through multiple algorithms to identify potential -1 PRF signals as defined by a heptameric slippery site followed by an mRNA pseudoknot. The significance of each candidate -1 PRF signal is evaluated by comparing the predicted thermodynamic stability (DeltaG degrees ) of the native mRNA sequence against a distribution of DeltaG degrees values of a pool of randomized sequences derived from the original. The data have been compiled in a user-friendly, easily searchable relational database.CONCLUSIONThe PRFdB enables members of the research community to determine whether genes that they are investigating contain potential -1 PRF signals, and can be used as a metasource of information for cross referencing with other databases. It is available on the web at http://dinmanlab.umd.edu/prfdb.