Structure viewer iCn3D 2.15.0 with new rendering, annotation, and alignment features

 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 6MOJor to open a structure file from your local computer. spike_protFigure 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

Bioinformatics paper uses NCBI open data to analyze drug response

study (PMID: 28158543) published in the July 2017 issue of Bioinformatics collects, classifies and analyzes single nucleotide variants (SNVs) that may affect response to currently approved drugs. They identified 2,640 SNVs of interest, most of which occur rarely in populations (minor allele frequency <0.01).

The researchers used protein sequence alignment tools and mined open data from multiple information resources accessed through E-utilities including PubChem Compound (Kim et al., 2016 PMID: 26400175), NCBI Gene (Maglott D, et al., 2014. PMID: 25355515), NCBI Protein (Sayers, 2013), MMDB (Madej et al., 2012 PMID: 22135289), PDB (Berman et al., 2000 PMID: 10592235), dbSNP (Sherry et al., 2001 PMID: 11125122), and ClinVar (Landrum et al., 2016 PMID: 26582918).

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