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The Catalytic Site Atlas: a resource of catalytic sites and residues identified in enzymes using structural data.

The Catalytic Site Atlas (CSA) provides catalytic residue annotation for enzymes in the Protein Data Bank. It is available online at http://www.ebi.ac.uk/thornton-srv/databases/CSA. The database consists of two types of annotated site: an original hand-annotated set containing information extracted from the primary literature, using defined criteria to assign catalytic residues, and an additional homologous set, containing annotations inferred by PSI-BLAST and sequence alignment to one of the original set. The CSA can be queried via Swiss-Prot identifier and EC number, as well as by PDB code. CSA Version 1.0 contains 177 original hand- annotated entries and 2608 homologous entries, and covers approximately 30% of all EC numbers found in PDB. The CSA will be updated on a monthly basis to include homologous sites found in new PDBs, and new hand-annotated enzymes as and when their annotation is completed.

Pubmed ID: 14681376


  • Porter CT
  • Bartlett GJ
  • Thornton JM


Nucleic acids research

Publication Data

January 1, 2004

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Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Catalysis
  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Protein
  • Enzymes
  • Humans
  • Internet