The RCSB Protein Data Bank: redesigned web site and web services

Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D392-401. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq1021. Epub 2010 Oct 29.


The RCSB Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB) web site ( has been redesigned to increase usability and to cater to a larger and more diverse user base. This article describes key enhancements and new features that fall into the following categories: (i) query and analysis tools for chemical structure searching, query refinement, tabulation and export of query results; (ii) web site customization and new structure alerts; (iii) pair-wise and representative protein structure alignments; (iv) visualization of large assemblies; (v) integration of structural data with the open access literature and binding affinity data; and (vi) web services and web widgets to facilitate integration of PDB data and tools with other resources. These improvements enable a range of new possibilities to analyze and understand structure data. The next generation of the RCSB PDB web site, as described here, provides a rich resource for research and education.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Graphics
  • Databases, Protein*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Systems Integration
  • User-Computer Interface


  • Ligands
  • Proteins