TargetDB (targetdb.pdb.org) is a database of registration and tracking information for
structural genomics centers worldwide. TargetDB provides timely status and tracking
information on the progress of the production and solution of structures.
The target database can be searched by sequence using FASTA (W.R. Pearson and D.J. Lipman
(1988): Improved tools for biological sequence comparison. PNAS 85, pp. 2444-2448). Sequence
searches may include the target sequences, PDB sequences, or both. Target sequences may also
be searched by contributing site, protein name, project tracking identifier, date of last
modification, and the current status of the target (e.g. cloned, expressed, crystallized,
...). Search results may be viewed as HTML reports, FASTA data files, or in XML.
A new feature at the TargetDB site is a search form that can provide summary tracking of
target status. This form is now available from TargetDB's main page. Users can search by
Target ID, date, or site(s). The summary report includes the number of targets at any given
stage in the pipeline. With this new option it is possible to track the progress of a target
or of an entire center over a user defined time interval. For instance, reports can be
created for each NIH center describing the number of targets in each status category by
Further information about TargetDB and links to structural genomics resources are available
The RCSB PDB (citation) is managed by two members of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics:
RCSB PDB is a member of the
The RCSB PDB is funded by a grant (DBI-1338415) from the
National Science Foundation, the
National Institutes of Health, and the
US Department of Energy.