Since 2000, the RCSB PDB Molecule of the Month series has introduced millions of visitors to the shape and function of the 3D structures archived in the Protein Data Bank. A recent article in BAMBed reflects on the history, usage, and community surrounding this key RCSB PDB series.
Insights from 20 years of the Molecule of the Month. David S. Goodsell, Christine Zardecki, Helen M. Berman, Stephen K. Burley
(2020) BAMBed 48: 350-355 doi:10.1002/bmb.21360
Goodsell’s column for January 2020 offers a personal meditation on the growing revolution in structural biology that provides these amazing glimpses into biology.
Since the release of the first PDB structure from SARS-CoV-2 (PDB structure 6lu7), educational materials including molecular landscape paintings, downloadable illustrations, and a video demonstrating the effects of hand washing at the molecular level have been released into a Coronavirus Collection at PDB-101.
A new publication describes scientific sources used in the creation of the painting Coronavirus Life Cycle, and provides examples of the digital dissemination of this painting and related materials and a discussion of the public response.
Integrative illustration for coronavirus outreach. David S. Goodsell, Maria Voigt, Christine Zardecki, Stephen K. Burley
(2020) PLoS Biol 18: e3000815. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000815
The feature story in the May issue of Drug Discovery Today outlines how open access to 3D macromolecular structure information managed by the Protein Data Bank facilitated discovery and development of >90% of new antineoplastic agents approved by the FDA 2010–2018.
Impact of the Protein Data Bank on antineoplastic approvals. John D.Westbrook, Rose Soskind, Brian P. Hudson, Stephen K.Burley
(2020) Drug Discovery Today 25: 837-850 doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2020.02.002
A new paper describes a novel method that detects similarity between protein shapes and that works equally fast for any size of proteins or assemblies. This method drives the Structure Similarity option in Advanced Search. Users can search for similar polymeric chains to a given chain or assemblies to a given assembly.
Real time structural search of the Protein Data Bank
Dmytro Guzenko, Stephen K. Burley, Jose M. Duarte
(2020) PLoS Comput Biol 16: e1007970. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007970
|Snapshot: October 1, 2020|
|169,436||Released atomic coordinate entries|
|148,632||Proteins, peptides, and viruses|
|8753||Protein/nucleic acid complexes|