MDB: the Metalloprotein Database and Browser at The Scripps Research Institute

Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 Jan 1;30(1):379-82. doi: 10.1093/nar/30.1.379.


The Metalloprotein Database and Browser (MDB; at The Scripps Research Institute is a web-accessible resource for metalloprotein research. It offers the scientific community quantitative information on geometrical parameters of metal-binding sites in protein structures available from the Protein Data Bank (PDB). The MDB also offers analytical tools for the examination of trends or patterns in the indexed metal-binding sites. A user can perform interactive searches, metal-site structure visualization (via a Java applet), and analysis of the quantitative data by accessing the MDB through a web browser without requiring an external application or platform-dependent plugin. The MDB also has a non-interactive interface with which other web sites and network-aware applications can seamlessly incorporate data or statistical analysis results from metal-binding sites. The information contained in the MDB is periodically updated with automated algorithms that find and index metal sites from new protein structures released by the PDB.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Computer Graphics
  • Database Management Systems
  • Databases, Protein*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Internet
  • Ligands
  • Metalloproteins / chemistry*
  • Metalloproteins / metabolism
  • Metals / metabolism
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Ligands
  • Metalloproteins
  • Metals