What is PDBe?

EMBL-EBI’s Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe) is the European resource for the collection, organisation and dissemination of data about biological macromolecular structures. PDBe is one of four partners in the Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB, see information box below), the consortium entrusted with the collation, maintenance and distribution of the single global repository of macromolecular structure data. The members of the wwPDB exchange data on a daily basis, ensuring that users access the most comprehensive and up to date collection of structures.

PDBe’s mission is ‘bringing structure to biology’, and the team provide a comprehensive range of tools and services that make the complex and rich structural and functional information in the PDB more accessible and useful to the wider biomedical community.


InformationThe Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) consists of four  organisations that act as deposition, data-processing and distribution centres for the PDB. The founding members are the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB, USA), the PDBe team at EMBL-EBI (Europe) and PDBj (Japan). In 2006, the BioMagResBank (BMRB) in the USA joined wwPDB. The mission of the wwPDB is to maintain a single Protein Data Bank archive of macromolecular structural data that is freely and publicly available to the global community.