Chapter 24.1 The Worldwide Protein Data Bank

Crystallography of biological macromolecules

Second Online Edition (2012)

Part 24. Crystallographic databases

  1. H. M. Berman1,
  2. K. Henrick2,
  3. G. Kleywegt2,
  4. H. Nakamura3,
  5. J. Markley4

Published Online: 14 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000896

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Berman, H. M., Henrick, K., Kleywegt, G., Nakamura, H. and Markley, J. 2012. The Worldwide Protein Data Bank. International Tables for Crystallography. F:24:24.1:827–832.

Author Information

  1. 1

    RCSB Protein Data Bank, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA

  2. 2

    Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe), EMBL–EBI, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK

  3. 3

    PDBj, Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University, Japan

  4. 4

    BioMagResBank, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2012



The Protein Data Bank (PDB) is the single, freely available, global archive of structural data for biological macromolecules. It is maintained by the wwPDB consortium consisting of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB PDB), the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe), the PDB Japan (PDBj) and the BioMagResBank (BMRB). This chapter describes the organization of the wwPDB, the systems in place for data deposition, annotation and distribution, and a summary of the services provided by the wwPDB member sites.


  • Protein Data Bank