Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj): updated user interfaces, resource description framework, analysis tools for large structures

Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Jan 4;45(D1):D282-D288. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkw962. Epub 2016 Oct 26.


The Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj,, a member of the worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB), accepts and processes the deposited data of experimentally determined macromolecular structures. While maintaining the archive in collaboration with other wwPDB partners, PDBj also provides a wide range of services and tools for analyzing structures and functions of proteins. We herein outline the updated web user interfaces together with RESTful web services and the backend relational database that support the former. To enhance the interoperability of the PDB data, we have previously developed PDB/RDF, PDB data in the Resource Description Framework (RDF) format, which is now a wwPDB standard called wwPDB/RDF. We have enhanced the connectivity of the wwPDB/RDF data by incorporating various external data resources. Services for searching, comparing and analyzing the ever-increasing large structures determined by hybrid methods are also described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein*
  • Japan
  • Models, Molecular
  • Protein Conformation
  • Software*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Web Browser