Chapter 24.3 The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

Second Online Edition (2012)

Part 24. Crystallographic databases

  1. D. T. Gallagher,
  2. M. Tung

Published Online: 14 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000898

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Gallagher, D. T. and Tung, M. 2012. The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database. International Tables for Crystallography. F:24:24.3:838–842.

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: 14 APR 2012


The Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database (BMCD) is described. The database is available at and currently contains 14 372 entries with crystallization information for proteins, protein–protein complexes, nucleic acids, nucleic acid–nucleic acid complexes, protein–nucleic acid complexes and viruses. The information in the BMCD is applicable for the general study of protein crystallization, for reproducing crystals previously reported in the literature and for designing strategies to crystallize new macromolecules. Methods for utilizing the BMCD are presented, including examples of crystallization-strategy development.


  • Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database;
  • crystallization