Conserved Domain Architecture Retrieval Tool (CDART) performs similarity searches of the Entrez Protein database based on domain architecture, defined as the sequential order of conserved domains in protein queries. CDART finds protein similarities across significant evolutionary distances using sensitive domain profiles rather than direct sequence similarity. Proteins similar to the query are grouped and scored by architecture. You can search CDART directly with a query protein sequence, or, if a sequence of interest is already in the Entrez Protein database, simply retrieve the record, open its "Links" menu, and select "Domain Relatives" to see the precalculated CDART results (illustrated example). Relying on domain profiles allows CDART to be fast and, because it relies on annotated functional domains, informative.
CDTree is a helper application for your web browser that allows you to interactively view and examine conserved domain hierarchies curated at NCBI. CDTree works with Cn3D as its alignment viewer/editor, it is used in the CDD curation process and is a both classification and research tool for functional annotation and the study of protein and protein domain families.