Saturday, December 11, 2010

Personal Structure Annotations at RCSB PDB

The latest RCSB PDB release provides the possibility of attaching personal annotations to PDB entries. If you have been using the iPhone application, you might have noticed that this feature has been introduced  there already a few weeks ago. Now you can also annotate your favorite proteins directly at the RCSB PDB website.

How does this work? If you are not logged into myPDB, and you view the details of an entry on the Structure Summary page you will see something like this:


Before you can create an annotation you need to get a MyPDB account and log in. This is possible on the left-hand menu in the MyPDB box:


After logging in you can tag and annotate every entry:

I am using this tool to keep comments and notes on various PDB entries. For the future it would be nice to be able to share those notes with some of my friends or students. Another nice feature for the future would be to be able to attach "positional" features in order to e.g. annotate active sites or domain boundaries.