Protein Data Bank
Department of Chemistry
174 Frelinghuysen Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Nucleic acid and protein structure, crystallography, biological databases
The PDB is the single international repository for the processing and distribution of 3-D macromolecular structure data primarily determined experimentally by X-ray crystallography and NMR.
The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) is a non-profit consortium dedicated to improving our understanding of the function of biological systems through an understanding of 3-dimensional biological macromolecular structure.
We have continued the development of a relational database of three dimensional structures of nucleic acids and their constituents. The database has been expanded to include protein-nucleic acid complexes. A wide variety of reports can be created. including tables and graphs of structural and statistical information about nucleic acids. An electronic newsletter is published on a bimonthly basis and is sent to users around the world. We have developed a forms based interface that allows for simple queries using the World Wide Web. We have also developed a dictionary of the standard geometry of nucleic acids which is used by this project to validate structures and has been incorporated into X-PLOR.