The worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB): ensuring a single, uniform archive of PDB data

Nucleic Acids Res. 2007 Jan;35(Database issue):D301-3. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkl971. Epub 2006 Nov 16.


The worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) is the international collaboration that manages the deposition, processing and distribution of the PDB archive. The online PDB archive is a repository for the coordinates and related information for more than 38 000 structures, including proteins, nucleic acids and large macromolecular complexes that have been determined using X-ray crystallography, NMR and electron microscopy techniques. The founding members of the wwPDB are RCSB PDB (USA), MSD-EBI (Europe) and PDBj (Japan) [H.M. Berman, K. Henrick and H. Nakamura (2003) Nature Struct. Biol., 10, 980]. The BMRB group (USA) joined the wwPDB in 2006. The mission of the wwPDB is to maintain a single archive of macromolecular structural data that are freely and publicly available to the global community. Additionally, the wwPDB provides a variety of services to a broad community of users. The wwPDB website at provides information about services provided by the individual member organizations and about projects undertaken by the wwPDB.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein* / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • International Cooperation
  • Internet
  • Macromolecular Substances / chemistry
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Macromolecular Substances