News 2018
Meet RCSB PDB at AAAS
02/13/2018
Special Issue Focused on Tools for Protein Science
01/30/2018
From the PDB to Phoenix: My Journey as an RCSB PDB Intern
01/23/2018
Winter Newsletter Published
01/16/2018
A Year of Antimicrobial Resistance
01/02/2018

Meet RCSB PDB at AAAS

02/13/2018

Meet RCSB PDB at the AAAS Annual Meeting February 15-19 in Austin, TX.

Learn how RCSB PDB is Sustaining A Living Digital Data Resource That Enables Breakthroughs in Scientific Research and Biomedical Education at Sunday's poster session at 2:55pm.

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Special Issue Focused on Tools for Protein Science

01/30/2018

Protein Science has devoted a special issue (and introduced a new journal article category) to the many modern tools and resources available to researchers interested in the study of proteins and other macromolecules.

Tools for Protein Science highlights computational resources for structure determination, visualization and analysis, molecular modeling, sequence analysis, and analyzing cellular proteins.

In this issue, the article RCSB Protein Data Bank: Sustaining a living digital data resource that enables breakthroughs in scientific research and biomedical education explores the impact of open and accessible PDB data on research, clinical medicine, education, and the economy.

As detailed in the article, the PDB Archive

  • Grows at rate of 10% per year
  • Is used to download 1.8 million structure data files per day
  • Managed by international collaboration (wwPDB)
  • Serves as a model for how “Big Data” can be effectively managed as a public good

PDB Data

  • Enable research in journal subject areas from Agriculture to Zoology
  • Are directly cited in the scientific literature more than 2.6 million times
  • Used by >400 biological data resources

US-funded PDB structures were cited >1 million times in the scientific literature

NSF-funded structures that highlight Fundamental Biology and more have been cited ~56K times

RCSB PDB News ImageHuman dopamine D3 receptor (PDB 3pbl) has been cited by 620 publications and downloaded 178K times

NIH-funded structures that increase understanding of Biomedicine and more have been cited ~874K times

RCSB PDB News ImageBovine Rhodopsin (PDB 1f88) has been cited by 4,122 publications and downloaded 256K times. It is the #3 top-cited PDB structure

DoE-funded structures illuminating Energy and more have been cited ~104K times,

RCSB PDB News ImagePhotosystem I (PDB 3pcq) has been cited by 754 publications and downloaded 38K times

As of May 2017


From the PDB to Phoenix: My Journey as an RCSB PDB Intern

01/23/2018

In the latest Newsletter, RCSB PDB interns describe their journey from summer research to presenting their work at ABRCMS.

Jenna and Priscilla spent the summer of 2017 at the RCSB PDB with support from an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Their work focused on exploring PDB structures related to antimicrobial resistance. Identification of these structures helps researchers understand antibiotic inactivation and drug resistance. Their insights from the summer included suggestions for how to improve the presentation of antibiotic resistance-related PDB structures on RCSB.org, and also led to the development of the 2018 RCSB PDB Calendar. Their work provided them with another opportunity: poster presentations at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

Their research was part of the RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) at Rutgers program. RISE is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research. Apply for RISE and you may wind up working with the RCSB PDB!

RCSB PDB News ImageJenna Abyad is currently a senior at Drew University majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
RCSB PDB News ImagePriscilla Marie Salcedo is a junior at California State University Northridge majoring in Microbiology.


Winter Newsletter Published

01/16/2018

The Winter 2018 issue of the RCSB PDB Newsletter is now online.

This issue reviews 2017 milestones and publications, improved text searching, and implementation of versioning for PDB data files.

In the Education Corner, RCSB PDB summer interns describe their journey to presenting their work at the ABRCMS meeting.

The RCSB PDB Newsletter is published and archived online.


A Year of Antimicrobial Resistance

01/02/2018

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Antibiotics have saved countless lives, but pathogens are quickly finding ways to survive antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are predicted to become the leading cause of death worldwide, with an expected death rate of 10 million people annually by 2050. They take many approaches: pumping antibiotics out of their cells, altering the molecular machinery that the antibiotics target, and attacking the antibiotics directly. Atomic structures publicly available in the PDB are revealing the details of drug resistance and providing new ways to combat it.

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This calendar was created by the RCSB PDB and Jenna Abyad (Drew University) and Priscilla Salcedo (California State University, Northridge) as part of a summer internship with RCSB PDB.

PDB-101 offers many other materials focused on Antimicrobial Resistance.


Past news and events have been reported at the RCSB PDB website and past Newsletters.