The Protein Data Bank. A computer-based archival file for macromolecular structures

Eur J Biochem. 1977 Nov 1;80(2):319-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1977.tb11885.x.


The Protein Data Bank is a computer-based archival file for macromolecular structures. The Bank stores in a uniform format atomic co-ordinates and partial bond connectivities, as derived from crystallographic studies. Text included in each data entry gives pertinent information for the structure at hand (e.g. species from which the molecule has been obtained, resolution of diffraction data, literature citations and specifications of secondary structure). In addition to atomic co-ordinates and connectivities, the Protein Data Bank stores structure factors and phases, although these latter data are not placed in any uniform format. Input of data to the Bank and general maintenance functions are carried out at Brookhaven National Laboratory. All data stored in the Bank are available on magnetic tape for public distribution, from Brookhaven (to laboratories in the Americas), Tokyo (Japan), and Cambridge (Europe and worldwide). A master file is maintained at Brookhaven and duplicate copies are stored in Cambridge and Tokyo. In the future, it is hoped to expand the scope of the Protein Data Bank to make available co-ordinates for standard structural types (e.g. alpha-helix, RNA double-stranded helix) and representative computer programs of utility in the study and interpretation of macromolecular structures.

Publication types

  • Duplicate Publication
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computers
  • Information Systems*
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Proteins*
  • Tokyo
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


  • Proteins