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Proteopedia - a scientific 'wiki' bridging the rift between three-dimensional structure and function of biomacromolecules.

Genome biology | Oct 30, 2008

Many scientists lack the background to fully utilize the wealth of solved three-dimensional biomacromolecule structures. Thus, a resource is needed to present structure/function information in a user-friendly manner to a broad scientific audience. Proteopedia is an interactive, wiki web-resource whose pages have embedded three-dimensional structures surrounded by descriptive text containing hyperlinks that change the appearance (view, representations, colors, labels) of the adjacent three-dimensional structure to reflect the concept explained in the text.

Pubmed ID: 18673581 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Databases, Protein | Internet | Models, Molecular | Protein Conformation | Protein Structure, Tertiary | Proteins | Software

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Jenalib: Jena Library of Biological Macromolecules

Database aimed at disseminating information on three-dimensional biopolymer structures with an emphasis on visualization and analysis. It provides access to all structure entries deposited at the Protein Data Bank (PDB) or at the Nucleic Acid Database (NDB). In addition, basic information on the architecture of biopolymer structures is available. The JenaLib intends to fulfill both scientific and educational needs. Authors who are willing to make available images or coordinates to the scientific community via the Image Library of Biological Macromolecules are requested to contact the author. A PDB/SWISS-PROT cross-reference database combines information from both PDB and SWISS-PROT, thus providing significantly more cross-references than either PDB or SWISS-PROT. The existing brief descriptions of X-ray, NMR and FTIR methods for structure determination are supplemented by information on circular dichroism.


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Proteopedia - Life in 3D

Free, collaborative 3D, interactive encyclopedia of proteins and other molecules, it collects, organizes and disseminates structural and functional knowledge about protein, RNA, DNA, and other macromolecules, and their assemblies and interactions with small molecules, in a manner that is relevant and broadly accessible to students and scientists. With a free user account, users can edit pages in Proteopedia. Click on the green links to change the 3D image or click and drag the molecules. Categories include Diseases & Related Topics, Enzymes, Gene Expression & Replication, Metabolism, Signaling & Transport, Structural Biology and Miscellaneous. Currently, Proteopedia has 93,912 articles (pages), and 2,366 registered users (May 2013). Among other pages, Proteopedia contains one page (or article) for every entry in the World Wide Protein Data Bank. Proteopedia is updated weekly with new entries shortly after they are released by the Protein Data Bank. Most of these pages, which are titled with a four-character PDB identification code, are seeded automatically to include a default view of the asymmetric unit, the abstract of the publication, green links to sites and ligands, and molecule-specific links to other viewers and databases. When you go to a random page, you nearly always get one of these automatically-seeded, PDB-code-titled pages (click Random Page in the navigation box at the upper left), because of their abundance. In addition to one article about each entry in the Protein Data Bank (PDB identification code-titled articles), there are articles titled with the name of a molecule or a subject, instead of a PDB identification code. Some of these articles that have substantial content are listed at Topic Pages, or you can browse a complete list of articles not titled with a PDB identification code. There are also articles About Macromolecular Structure.


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Collect, share, and distribute information about protein three-dimensional structures. It serves as a portal for the scientific community to learn about protein structures solved by SG centers, and also to contribute their expertise in annotating protein function. The premise of the TOPSAN project is that, no matter how much any individual knows about a particular protein, there are other members of the scientific community who know more about certain aspects of the same protein, and that the collective analyses from experts will be far more informative than any local group, let alone individual, could contribute. They believe that, if the members of the biological community are given the opportunity, authorship incentives, and an easy way to contribute their knowledge to the structure annotation, they would do so. Therefore, borrowing elements from successful, distributed, collaborative projects, such as Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia anyone can edit) and from other open source software development projects, TOPSAN will be a broad, collaborative effort to annotate protein structures, initially, those determined at the JCSG. They believe that the annotation of proteins solved by structural genomics consortia offers a unique opportunity to challenge the extant paradigm of how biological data is collected and distributed, and to connect structural genomics and structural biology to the entire biological research community. TOPSAN is designed to be scalable, modular and extensible. Furthermore, it is intended to be immediately useful in a simplistic way and will accommodate incremental improvements to functionality as usage becomes more sophisticated. Their annotation pages will offer the end user a combination of automatically generated as well as expert-curated annotations of protein structures. They will use available technology to increase the speed and granularity of the exchange of scientific ideas, and use incentive mechanisms that will encourage collaborative participation.


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Worldwide Protein Data Bank

A free and public single global PDB archive of macromolecular structural data overseen by organizations that act as deposition, data processing and distribution centers for PDB data. Members are: RCSB PDB (USA), PDBe (Europe) and PDBj (Japan), and BMRB (USA). This site provides information about services provided by the individual member organizations and about projects undertaken by the wwPDB.


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