The RCSB Protein Data Bank: views of structural biology for basic and applied research and education

Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jan;43(Database issue):D345-56. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku1214. Epub 2014 Nov 26.


The RCSB Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB, provides access to 3D structures of biological macromolecules and is one of the leading resources in biology and biomedicine worldwide. Our efforts over the past 2 years focused on enabling a deeper understanding of structural biology and providing new structural views of biology that support both basic and applied research and education. Herein, we describe recently introduced data annotations including integration with external biological resources, such as gene and drug databases, new visualization tools and improved support for the mobile web. We also describe access to data files, web services and open access software components to enable software developers to more effectively mine the PDB archive and related annotations. Our efforts are aimed at expanding the role of 3D structure in understanding biology and medicine.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites
  • Databases, Protein*
  • Internet
  • Membrane Proteins / chemistry
  • Molecular Biology / education
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation
  • Multiprotein Complexes / chemistry
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / chemistry
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Research
  • Software


  • Membrane Proteins
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Peptides
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations