The first COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)-related PDB structure was rapidly released to the public on February 5, 2020. This high-resolution crystal structure (6lu7) of a coronavirus 3CL hydrolase (Mpro) as determined by Zihe Rao and Haitao Yang's research team at ShanghaiTech University pushed the PDB team and structural biologists worldwide into action. This global public health emergency highlights the importance of open and timely availability of scientific data. In the weeks following, dozens of additional structures have been submitted to the archive by researchers, prioritized for review and annotation by wwPDB biocurators, and accessed by the global community.
In the month of February, 6lu7 alone was downloaded nearly 38,000 times. Each PDB structure made available provides another piece of the puzzle that will lead us to establishing a greater understanding of this particular virus and developing treatments and vaccines to prevent further spread.
As of April 1, the PDB archive houses 107 SARS-CoV-2 structures, including 84 main protease structures, 5 spike proteins, and examples of many other important proteins.
These data are accompanied by new educational resources, including a Molecule of the Month feature on Coronavirus Proteases and a video that illustrates Fighting Coronavirus with Soap at the molecular level.
While RCSB PDB members work remotely, operations will continue to provide service and support for our community of data depositors and consumers.
Resources are updated regularly. They currently include:
|Snapshot: April 1, 2020|
|162,269||Released atomic coordinate entries|
|150,423||Proteins, peptides, and viruses|
|8,354||Protein/nucleic acid complexes|
|Related Experimental Data Files|
|4,718||3DEM map files|