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The PDB was announced on October 20, 1971 in Crystallography: Protein Data Bank Nature New Biology 233: 223 (1971) doi:10.1038/newbio233223b0.

Fifty years later, the PDB archive contains >175,000 structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that helps students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease. It is managed by the Worldwide PDB (wwPDB) organization that ensures that the PDB is freely and publicly available to the global community.

wwPDB will celebrate this golden anniversary with symposia and events throughout 2021.

The inaugural event will be held May 4-5, 2021. This two-day virtual event will highlight the science preserved within and enabled by the resource over the past 50 years.

This event will include presentations from speakers from around the world who have made tremendous advances in structural biology and bioinformatics

Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Using HIV-1 reverse transcriptase structures to guide anti-AIDS drug discovery

Helen Berman

Helen M. Berman
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
University of Southern California

The evolution of the Protein Data Bank as a community resource

Tom Blundell

Thomas L. Blundell
University of Cambridge

A personal history of five decades of structural biology and the PDB: From the X-ray structure of 2-Zinc insulin hexamer in 1970 to Cryo-EM structures of DNA-PK from DNA repair in 2020

Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin

Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin
Utrecht University

Solving 3D puzzles by integrative modelling using PDB structures

Stephen K. Burley

Stephen K. Burley
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
University of California, San Diego

Impact of structural biologists and fifty years of Protein Data Bank operations on drug discovery and development

Wah Chu

Wah Chiu
Stanford University

Cryo-EM of biomolecules at Ångström resolutions

Johann Deisenhofer

Johann Deisenhoferu
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

50 years of PDB — from crazy idea to treasure

Juli Feigon

Juli Feigon
University of California, Los Angeles

Structural biology of telomerase

Angela M. Gronenborn

Angela M. Gronenborn
University of Pittsburgh

Integrated BioNMR — getting by with a little help from my friends

Jennifer L. Martin

Jennifer L. Martin
University of Wollongong

Science, crystallography, reflections: A journey with the PDB over 35 years

Jennifer L. Martin

Stephen L. Mayo
California Institute of Technology

Antibody small molecule conjugates with computationally designed target binding synergy

Zihe Rao

Zihe Rao
ShanghaiTech University
Tsinghua University

Structural insight into SARS-CoV-2 replication and transcription complex (RTC)

Hao Wu

Hao Wu
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children's Hospital

"Speck"tacular inflammasomes: structures of supramolecular complexes in innate immunity

Visit ASBMB Today for a behind-the-scenes look at the inaugural event w/PDB co-founder Helen Berman.

Helen Berman at ASBMB

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Corona virus 3D model
Snapshot: April 1, 2020
176,247 Released atomic coordinate entries
Molecule Type
154,374 Proteins, peptides, and viruses
3,584 Nucleic acids
9,188 Protein/nucleic acid complexes
8,896 Protein/Oligosaccharide
22 Oligosaccharide (only)
183 Other
Experimental Technique
155,286 X-ray
13,336 NMR
7,335 Electron Microscopy
184 Multi Method
69 Neutron Diffraction
37 Other