Exciting update! We recently collaborated with the African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB) for their spring OMICS Codeathon, and it was a great success. ASBCB is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology in Africa. Codeathons are events focused on technology and software development, where participants work collaboratively to solve problems.
The ASBCB codeathon program serves as a grassroots training initiative for expanding expertise among African life scientists. It aims to equip participants with valuable skills and knowledge in life science and biotechnology by using research projects, public datasets, and peer-to-peer learning. Continue reading “A Successful Codeathon! Collaborating to Expand Expertise in African Life Scientists”
Explore protein structures and sequences quickly and easily
Have you ever come across an unfamiliar protein in your BLAST results? With the newly added ‘AlphaFold Structure’ link (Figure 1), you can now explore its structure as predicted by AlphaFold in iCn3D. The iCn3D Structure Viewer is not only a web-based 3D viewer, but also a structure analysis tool with interactive displays of 3D structure, 2D topology, 1D sequence and annotation.
Features & Benefits
- Upload AlphaFold structures to iCn3D directly
- Use the structure search feature to find structures of interest
- Understand important features of the structures, such as disease-associated variations (ClinVar), genetic variations (dbSNP), or chemical modifications (PTM)
- Identify similarities and differences between AlphaFold predictions and experimentally determined structure
- Gain insights into the structural characteristics and properties of the molecules
- Use iCn3D in different platforms (Jupyter Notebook, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality)
- Easily integrate iCn3D using scripted workflows (node.js, python) to analyze large sets of structures
Continue reading “Navigating Between BLAST and iCn3D”
Apply to attend October 2022 interactive, hands-on workshops
Want to learn more about NCBI resources and how to implement our cutting-edge tools in your research? NCBI offers a variety of educational opportunities, including workshops, webinars, codeathons, tutorials, and more!
We are excited to announce our upcoming virtual workshop series for October 2022. Our interactive, hands-on workshops are taught by experienced NCBI Education Faculty. Applications are open to the public; however, each workshop will accept a limited number of participants to facilitate the best possible educational experience. Continue reading “New Upcoming NCBI Virtual Workshops!”
Come visit NCBI at the Bioinformatics Open Science Conference (BOSC), part of the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Conference (ISMB), July 13-16, taking place both in person in Madison, Wisconsin and virtually! We’ll be presenting talks and posters on the latest updates to the NCBI Datasets, BLAST, and Protein resources. You can also join us at the Birds of a Feather (BoF) discussion and the BOSC CollaborationFest (CoFest) to explore these resources and discuss workflows with NCBI staff. Continue reading “Save the Date: NCBI at the Bioinformatics Open Science Conference (BOSC), July 2022”
The NCBI structure viewer iCn3D version 3 is now available on the NCBI web site and from GitHub.
Analysis of 3D Structures
You can use the current version with the icn3d package at npm to write scripts to call functions in iCn3D. For example, this script on GitHub can calculate the change in interactions due to a mutation. The results of this analysis for the structure (6M0J) of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein bound to the ACE2 receptor are displayed in Figure 1. These show the predicted changes in interactions with other residues in the the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and in the ACE2 receptor when the asparagine (N) at position 501 of the spike protein is changed to a tyrosine (Y). You can also run these scripts from the command line to process a list of 3D structures to get and analyze annotations.
Figure 1. iCn3D viewer showing the predicted interactions with other residues in the spike protein and in the ACE2 target when the asparagine (N) at position 501 of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is substituted with tyrosine (Y), highlighted in yellow. Interactions were calculated using the script interactions2.js.
Continue reading “Structure viewer iCn3D version 3 featuring analysis of 3D structures!”
The NCBI structure viewer iCn3D 2.20.0 is now available on the NCBI web site and from GitHub. You can now view the electrostatic potential map for any subset of 3D structures within 30,000 atoms. The potential is calculated using the DelPhi program by solving a linear Poisson-Boltzmann equation. You can show the potential on a surface or show a equipotential map. The potential map shows the effect of charges on molecular interactions qualitatively.
The example in Figure 1 below shows the electrostatic potential for the binding of Gleevec to the human Abl2 protein. This new feature can be accessed from the menu “Analysis > DelPhi Potential.” You can also download the PQR file format with assigned partial charges.
Figure 1: 3GVU: The crystal structure of human ABL2 in complex with GLEEVEC. The ligand shows the -25 mV (red) and +25 mV (blue) equipotential map with a grid size 65, salt concentration 0.15 M, and pH 7. The protein shows the surface potential with a gradient from -75 mV (red) to +75 mV (blue).
Continue reading “Structure viewer iCn3D 2.20.0 is available with new features including viewing an electrostatic potential map!”
iCn3D 2.15.0 is now available on NCBI web site and as a release on GitHub. To use the updated web application, retrieve any structure from the Molecular Modeling Database (MMDB), open the structure summary page, and click the button for “full-featured 3D viewer” in the molecular graphic. For example, you can retrieve structures that contain the term SARS-COV-2, click on a structure of interest, then follow the link for “full-featured 3D viewer.” You can also open iCn3D and use the “File” menu to retrieve a structure by its ID, for example 6MOJ, or to open a structure file from your local computer. Figure 1. iCn3D showing the structure of the SARS-COV-2 spike protein (6MOJ) with custom coloring of conserved residues and a multiple sequence alignment of other coronavirus spike proteins. The ability to apply custom color to specific residues or chains and the ability to add multiple alignments as tracks are some of the new features available in 2.15.0 Continue reading “Structure viewer iCn3D 2.15.0 with new rendering, annotation, and alignment features”