How the Protein Data Bank changed biology: An introduction to the JBC Reviews thematic series, part 1

Helen M. Berman, Lila M. Gierasch

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Abstract

This collection of articles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Protein Data Bank (PDB), the single global digital archive of biological macromolecular structures. The impact of the PDB is immense; we have invited a number of top researchers in structural biology to illustrate its influence on an array of scientific fields. What emerges is a compelling picture of the synergism between the PDB and the explosive progress witnessed in many scientific areas. Availability of reliable, openly accessible, well-archived structural information has arguably had more impact on cell and molecular biology than even some of the enabling technologies such as PCR. We have seen the science move from a time when structural biologists contributed the lion's share of the structures to the PDB and for discussion within their community to a time when any effort to achieve in-depth understanding of a biochemical or cell biological question demands an interdisciplinary approach built atop structural underpinnings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100608
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume296
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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