Validation of Structures in the Protein Data Bank

Structure. 2017 Dec 5;25(12):1916-1927. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2017.10.009. Epub 2017 Nov 22.


The Worldwide PDB recently launched a deposition, biocuration, and validation tool: OneDep. At various stages of OneDep data processing, validation reports for three-dimensional structures of biological macromolecules are produced. These reports are based on recommendations of expert task forces representing crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and cryoelectron microscopy communities. The reports provide useful metrics with which depositors can evaluate the quality of the experimental data, the structural model, and the fit between them. The validation module is also available as a stand-alone web server and as a programmatically accessible web service. A growing number of journals require the official wwPDB validation reports (produced at biocuration) to accompany manuscripts describing macromolecular structures. Upon public release of the structure, the validation report becomes part of the public PDB archive. Geometric quality scores for proteins in the PDB archive have improved over the past decade.

Keywords: 3D macromolecular structure; PDB; biocuration; data archiving; data deposition; structural biology; structure data quality; validation; wwPDB.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Protein / standards*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein / methods
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein / standards
  • Validation Studies as Topic*