Tools and procedures for visualization of proteins and other biomolecules

Academic Article


  • Protein, peptides, and nucleic acids are biomolecules that drive biological processes in living organisms. An enormous amount of structural data for a large number of these biomolecules has been described with atomic precision in the form of structural "snapshots" that are freely available in public repositories. These snapshots can help explain how the biomolecules function, the nature of interactions between multi-molecular complexes, and even howsmall-molecule drugs can modulate the biomolecules for clinical benefits. Furthermore, these structural snapshots serve as inputs for sophisticated computer simulations to turn the biomolecules into moving, "breathing" molecular machines for understanding their dynamic properties in real-time computer simulations. In order for the researcher to take advantage of such a wealth of structural data, it is necessary to gain competency in the use of computer molecular visualization tools for exploring the structures and visualizing three-dimensional spatial representations. Here, we present protocols for using two common visualization tools-the Web-based Jmol and the stand-alone PyMOL package-as well as a few examples of other popular tools.
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    Author List

  • Pan L; Aller SG
  • Start Page

  • 19.12.1
  • End Page

  • 19.12.47
  • Volume

  • 2015