Meet RCSB PDB at AAAS
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.
Special Issue Focused on Tools for Protein Science
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
- 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
NIH-funded structures that increase understanding of Biomedicine and more have been cited ~874K times
DoE-funded structures illuminating Energy and more have been cited ~104K times,
As of May 2017
From the PDB to Phoenix: My Journey as an RCSB PDB Intern
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!
Winter Newsletter Published
This issue reviews 2017 milestones and publications, improved text searching, and implementation of versioning for PDB data files.
A Year of Antimicrobial Resistance
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.
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.