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PDBe-KB: collaboratively defining the biological context of structural data

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PDBe-KB consortium

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D534-D542
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue numberD1

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Funding Information: ELIXIR [IDP implementation study]; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council via the 3D-Gateway [BB/T01959X/1]; FunPDBe [BB/P024351/1]; European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute who supported this work; J.D. acknowledges support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic [INBIO CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16 026/0008451]; R.S., K.B. and J.D. also acknowledge support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic [ELIXIR-CZ LM2018131]; L.M. acknowledges support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1) [823839]; Research Founda- tion Flanders (FWO) [G032816N, G042518N, G028821N]; W.V. acknowledges support from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) [G032816N, G028821N]; A.R. acknowledges support from the Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio di Firenze [24316]; European Commission [101017567]; M.H.C. acknowledges the AIRC project to MHC [IG 23539]; J.F.-R. acknowledges support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation [PID2019-110167RB-I00]; N.R. acknowledges support from the Norwegian Research Council (Norges Forskningsråd) [288008]; E.D.L. acknowledges support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme [819318]; M.J.E.S. acknowledges support from the Wellcome Trust [104955/Z/14/Z, 218242/Z/19/Z]. Funding for open access charge: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council grant [BB/T01959X/1]; Wellcome Trust [104955/Z/14/Z and 218242/Z/19/Z]. Conflict of interest statement. None declared. Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2021.

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The Protein Data Bank in Europe – Knowledge Base (PDBe-KB, is an open collaboration between world-leading specialist data resources contributing functional and biophysical annotations derived from or relevant to the Protein Data Bank (PDB). The goal of PDBe-KB is to place macromolecular structure data in their biological context by developing standardised data exchange formats and integrating functional annotations from the contributing partner resources into a knowledge graph that can provide valuable biological insights. Since we described PDBe-KB in 2019, there have been significant improvements in the variety of available annotation data sets and user functionality. Here, we provide an overview of the consortium, highlighting the addition of annotations such as predicted covalent binders, phosphorylation sites, effects of mutations on the protein structure and energetic local frustration. In addition, we describe a library of reusable web-based visualisation components and introduce new features such as a bulk download data service and a novel superposition service that generates clusters of superposed protein chains weekly for the whole PDB archive.

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