Meeting Report: ACA, ISMB, BSR, and ACS
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the RCSB PDB exhibit booth at
the American Crystallographic Association's Annual Meeting
(ACA; July 21-26 in Salt Lake City, UT) for demonstrations of
the RCSB PDB website and discussions about the remediated data.
We also appreciate those who came by the poster Remediation of
the PDB Archive.
The session Informatics in Structural Biology, organized by
John Westbrook (RCSB PDB) and Kim Henrick (MSD-EBI), focused on
the applications of structural informatics and inspired a lot
of interesting conversations.
Annotator Jasmine Young's presentation at the Fun Lectures for
Young Scientists symposium is described in this newsletter.
The RCSB PDB's Jasmine Young and
with Brian Samas (Pfizer) at a poster
Demonstrations of the RCSB PDB website and the Art of Science
exhibit were held at the 15th Annual International Conference
on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) & 6th
European Conference on Computational Biology.
The Art of Science exhibit was part of the ISMB
Special thanks to the ISMB's Steven Leard, BJ
Morrison, and Burkhard
Rost for their support and help with the
exhibit and the poster prize.
A poster about the BioSync resource (biosync.rcsb.org) was
presented at the 9th International Conference on Biology and
Synchrotron Radiation (BSR) by Judith L. Flippen-Anderson (August
13-17, 2007; Manchester, UK).
At the American Chemical Society's National Meeting, annotator
Shuchismita Dutta presentated a poster about the information
contained in the Remediated Chemical Component Dictionary for
the wwPDB and how the dictionary was used by the wwPDB to help
remediate the PDB archive (August 19-23, 2007; Boston, MA)
Shuchismita Dutta at the ACS Meeting
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Art of Science Update
The Art of Science is a traveling exhibit of images from the
RCSB PDB website and the Molecule of the Month.
This exhibit was recently hosted by the International Society
for Computational Biology at the ISMB meeting. The show also
was on display from September 25 - October 5 at The University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. That
show was sponsored by the
Biophysics Graduate Program, and presented in conjunction with
the Molecular Biophysics' Meet the Program Poster
If you would be interested in sponsoring this exhibit at your
institution, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art of Science also
includes works by the protein sculptor
including this sculpture of a piece of a
virus shell. For more
information about Julian, please read the
Winter 2007 RCSB PDB
Newsletter's Community Focus.
Shown is Virus Capsid (2003,
Cast and fabricated bronze, length 9").
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2007 RCSB PDB Poster Prizes Awarded at ACA, ISMB, and ECM
Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent RCSB PDB
Poster Prize competitions. The best student posters related to
macromolecular crystallography at the American Crystallographic
Association's Annual Meeting and the European Crystallographic
Meeting, and the best student poster in the Structure and
Function Prediction category at the ISMB meeting were awarded
with a subscription to Science and a related book.
The prize will also be awarded at the Asian Crystallographic
Association meeting later this year.
ISMB (July 19-25, 2007; Vienna, Austria)
Keren Lasker for "Determining the configuration of
macromolecular assembly components based on cryoEM density
fitting and pairwise geometric complementarity" (Keren Lasker,
Tel Aviv University and University of California, San
Francisco; Maya Topf, Birkbeck College, University of London;
Andrej Sali, University of California, San Francisco; Haim
Wolfson, Tel Aviv University).
Judges: Yanay Ofran (Columbia University), Predrag Radivojac
(Indiana University), Alejandro Giorgetti (University of Rome),
Riccardo Percudani (Universita di Parma), Michael Tress
(Spanish National Cancer Research Centre), and Sean Mooney
(Indiana University School of Medicine).
Poster Prize Chairman: Marco Punta (University of Georgia)
ACA (July 21-26, 2007; Salt Lake City, UT)
Hasan Demirci for "Structure Based Protein Enginering of
Ribosomal Protein Trimethyltransferase" (Hasan Demirci, Steven
T. Gregory, Albert E. Dahlberg, Gerwald Jogl. Department of
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, Brown
Judges: Mitchell J. Guss (University of Sydney), Peter Horanyi
(University of Virginia), Thomas Koetzle (Argonne National
Laboratory), James Phillips (Duke University Medical Center),
Bernard Santarsiero (University of Illinois at Chicago), and
Timothy Umland (Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute)
Poster Prize Chairman: John Rose (University of Georgia)
ECM (August 22-27, 2007; Marrakech, Morroco)
Humberto Couto Fernandes
Humberto Couto Fernandes for "Yellow lupine
pathogenesis-related protein as a reservoir for cytokinins"
(Humberto Fernandes, Anna Bujacz, Oliwia Pasternak, Grzegorz
Bujacz, Michal Sikorski, Mariusz Jaskólski, Center for
Biocrystallographic Research, Institute of Bioorganic
Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland).
Judges: Alexander Wlodawer (National Cancer Institute at
Frederick), Wolfram Saenger (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Vilmos
Fulop (University of Warwick), Tomitake Tsukihara (Osaka
Poster Prize Chairman: Anders Liljas (Lund University)
Special thanks to John Helliwell and Petra Bombicz for their
help with organizing the prize at this meeting.
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Molecules of the Quarter
Molecule of the Month series explores the
function and significance of selected biological macromolecules
for a general audience. The molecules featured this quarter were
Anabolic Steroids, and
Citrate Synthase. The complete Molecule of
the Month features are accessible from