3D molecular models of whole HIV-1 virions generated with cellPACK

Graham T. Johnson, David S. Goodsell, Ludovic Autin, Stefano Forli, Michel F. Sanner, Arthur J. Olson

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As knowledge of individual biological processes grows, it becomes increasingly useful to frame new findings within their larger biological contexts in order to generate new systems-scale hypotheses. This report highlights two major iterations of a whole virus model of HIV-1, generated with the cellPACK software. cellPACK integrates structural and systems biology data with packing algorithms to assemble comprehensive 3D models of cell-scale structures in molecular detail. This report describes the biological data, modeling parameters and cellPACK methods used to specify and construct editable models for HIV-1. Anticipating that cellPACK interfaces under development will enable researchers from diverse backgrounds to critique and improve the biological models, we discuss how cellPACK can be used as a framework to unify different types of data across all scales of biology. This journal is

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-44
Number of pages22
JournalFaraday Discussions
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Johnson, G. T., Goodsell, D. S., Autin, L., Forli, S., Sanner, M. F., & Olson, A. J. (2014). 3D molecular models of whole HIV-1 virions generated with cellPACK. Faraday Discussions, 169, 23-44. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4fd00017j