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RCSBPDB Newsletter
Number 4Winter 1999 RCSB
Published quarterly by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics


December 21, 1999

11,317 Released atomic coordinate entries

Molecule Type

  • 10044 proteins, peptides, and viruses
  • 487 protein/nucleic acid complexes
  • 768 nucleic acids
  • 18 carbohydrates

Experimental Technique

  • 9263 diffraction and other
  • 3277 structure factor files
  • 1800 NMR
  • 681 NMR restraint files
  • 254 theoretical modeling


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Citing the PDB
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Availability of PDB Services December 31, 1999, through January 3, 2000
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PDB Newsletter - Final Advisory
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New Building for the Rutgers University PDB Team
The PDB team at Rutgers University has moved into a newly renovated building located on Rutgers University's Busch Campus. [MORE...]

One-Year Anniversary of RCSB PDB Grant Award
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Data Deposition, Processing and Uniformity

Data Deposition and Processing Summary
From January 27, 1999 - December 1, 1999, 1994 structures were deposited with the RCSB. On average, these structures are processed and returned to the author in less than ten days. [MORE...]

Data Uniformity
The Data Uniformity project, whose goal is to make the archive as consistent and error-free as possible, is being accomplished by using two methods: "file by file" and "batch." [MORE...]

Completion of Layer 1 Entry Processing
Starting next week and continuing until the end of the year, the fully processed versions of the PDB Entries currently classified as "Layer 1" will be released. [MORE...]

Processing of Backlog Structures Completed
Processing of the backlog structures inherited at the time of the PDB transition has been completed by the RCSB. These 458 structures arrived at the RCSB PDB in various stages of processing on July 1, 1999. [MORE...]

PDB Format Changes Implemented
Starting November 30, all files released by the PDB will reflect the changes listed below. A full description and explanation is available in the summary of comments on PDB Change Advisory Notice that was announced on October 13, 1999. [MORE...]

Data Distribution and Query

Data Distribution
Data in the form of PDB files continue to be distributed once per week and become available no later than 1:00 am PST each Wednesday. [MORE...]

New CD-ROM of PDB Holdings Now Available
Issue 90 of the PDB CD-ROM Sets, which includes PDB structures deposited before October 1, 1999, is now available for on-line orders. In addition to ordering Issue 90, you can place orders for the four issues of 2000. The CD-ROM sets are provided at no charge. Issue 91 will be available by February 2000. With Issue 90, all the NMR Constraint files have been added to the CD-ROMs; the PDB Newsletter is also included in both text and PDF format.

PDB Opens Beta Test Site
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New RCSB PDB Mirrors in Japan and Singapore
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European RCSB PDB Mirror Site Established
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New Visualization Applications on the PDB Web Site
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Outreach Activities

Two Workshops on Structural Genomics
The PDB actively participated in two workshops held at Argonne National Laboratory in November. These workshops brought together researchers who are actively working in the fields of bioinformatics, high-throughput cloning, expression and purification, protein crystallization, protein structure determination and validation, protein structure prediction, and databases. [MORE...]

New Web Site for Synchrotron Users
A new Web site is in place to put at researchers' fingertips detailed information on US synchrotron beamlines for macromolecular crystallography. The National Institutes of Health Division of Research Resources (NCRR) has funded the National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR), centered at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, to develop a Web site for BioSync, the Structural Biology Synchrotron Users Organization. [MORE...]

Hand-Held Models of Proteins
The opportunity exists for the PDB, thanks to the National Science Foundation sponsored TeleManufacturing Facility at the San Diego Supercomputer Center directed by Mike Bailey, to produce and distribute free approximately six solid models of proteins each week. The sturdy models produced on a rapid prototyping device are approximately 4-6 inches3 and show good surface detail. [MORE...]

RFP for CORBA Standard for Biological Macromolecular Structure Data
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