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The RCSB Protein Data Bank: redesigned web site and web services.

The RCSB Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB) web site ( has been redesigned to increase usability and to cater to a larger and more diverse user base. This article describes key enhancements and new features that fall into the following categories: (i) query and analysis tools for chemical structure searching, query refinement, tabulation and export of query results; (ii) web site customization and new structure alerts; (iii) pair-wise and representative protein structure alignments; (iv) visualization of large assemblies; (v) integration of structural data with the open access literature and binding affinity data; and (vi) web services and web widgets to facilitate integration of PDB data and tools with other resources. These improvements enable a range of new possibilities to analyze and understand structure data. The next generation of the RCSB PDB web site, as described here, provides a rich resource for research and education.

Pubmed ID: 21036868


  • Rose PW
  • Beran B
  • Bi C
  • Bluhm WF
  • Dimitropoulos D
  • Goodsell DS
  • Prlic A
  • Quesada M
  • Quinn GB
  • Westbrook JD
  • Young J
  • Yukich B
  • Zardecki C
  • Berman HM
  • Bourne PE


Nucleic acids research

Publication Data

January 23, 2011

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Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Graphics
  • Databases, Protein
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins
  • Systems Integration
  • User-Computer Interface