wwPDB Worldwide Protein Data Bank

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The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) was formed to maintain a single PDB archive of macromolecular structural data that is freely and publicly available to the global community. Since 1971, the Protein Data Bank archive (PDB) has served as the single repository of information about the 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies. It consists of organizations that act as deposition, data processing, and distribution centers for PDB data.

wwPDB consists of the following organizations:

  • RCSB PDB (Protein Data Bank in Americas and Oceania) – operates the US data center for the global PDB archive and makes PDB data available at no charge to all data consumers without limitations on usage. RCSB PDB is funded by the National Science Foundation (DBI-1832184), the US Department of Energy (DE-SC0019749), and the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant R01GM133198. RCSB PDB Website: RCSB PDB | E-mail: info@rcsb.org
  • PDBe (Protein Data Bank in Europe) – operates in the EU for the global PDB archive and makes PDB data available at no charge to all data consumers without limitations on usage. PDBe is funded by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the Wellcome Trust, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council, National Institute of Health, and the European Union. PDBe Website: PDBe | E-mail: pdbe.org/contact
  • PDBj (Protein Data Bank in Japan) – operating under the Joint Usage and Research activities of the Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University. PDBj maintains the single global PDB/BMRB/EMDB archives of macromolecular structures and provides integrated tools, in collaboration with RCSB PDB in the USA, PDBe in the EU, BMRB in the USA, and EMDB in the EU. PDBj is supported by JST-NBDC and AMED-BINDS. PDBj’s new logo design incorporates cytochrome c (PDBID: 1cyc), which was the first structure determined in Japan. PDBj Website: PDBj | E-mail: pdbj.org/contact
  • BMRB (Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank) – BMRB collects, annotates, archives, and disseminates (worldwide in the public domain) the important spectral and quantitative data derived from NMR spectroscopic investigations of biologically relevant molecules. The goal is to empower scientists in their analysis of the structure, dynamics, and chemistry of biological systems and to support further development of the field of biomolecular NMR spectroscopy. BMRB Website: BMRB | E-mail: help@bmrb.io
  • EMDB (Electron Microscopy Data Bank) – EMBL-EBI, makes the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, performs basic research, and provides professional training in bioinformatics. EMDB-EBI is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), an international, innovative, and interdisciplinary research organization funded by over 20 member states, prospect and associate member states. EMDB Website: EMDB-EBI | E-mail: emdbhelp@ebi.ac.uk


The Protein Data Bank

Helen M. Berman, John Westbrook, Zukang Feng, Gary Gilliland, T. N. Bhat, Helge Weissig, Ilya N. Shindyalov, and Philip E. Bourne. Nucleic Acids Res. 2000 Jan 1; 28(1): 235–242. DOI: 10.1093/nar/28.1.235.

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