Chapter 24.4 The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 24. Crystallographic databases

  1. G. L. Gilliland,
  2. M. Tung,
  3. J. E. Ladner

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000721

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Gilliland, G. L., Tung, M. and Ladner, J. E. 2006. The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database. International Tables for Crystallography. F:24:24.4:669–674.

Author Information

  1. Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology of the Maryland Biotechnology Institute and National Institute of Standards and Technology, 9600 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, MD 20850, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database (BMCD) is described. The database includes entries for all classes of biological macromolecules for which diffraction-quality crystals have been obtained. These include proteins, protein–protein complexes, nucleic acids, nucleic acid–nucleic acid complexes, protein–nucleic acid complexes and viruses. The use of the BMCD as a tool for facilitating the development of screens for general or specific classes of macromolecules is illustrated for endonucleases.


  • Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database;
  • crystallization;
  • databases