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2.2 How to search and download Protein Structure, Sequences, and Chemicals
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[ Search PDB | Pocketome | BLAST | UniProt | Ligand Code | Drug Bank | Search PubChem ]

Available in the following product(s): ICM-Browser | ICM-Browser-Pro | ICM-Pro | ICM-Chemist

The Search tab allows you to search and download content from the following databases:

Click on the search tab and then use the drop down menu to identify the database you would like to search and download from.

2.2.1 Search the PDB


[ Chemical Substructure | Query Sequence | PDB Field | Load NMR | Occupancy Display | Header | PubMed ]

How to Search the Protein Databank and Download

The PDB search tab provides easy access to the PDB database. You can use keyword searching or type in the PDB code you are interested in. An asterisk (*) wildcard can be used to list all the pdb files currently available in the protein databank. Different fields can be searched by using the drop down arrow as shown below. More advanced PDB search tools and how to use the PDB search result table are described in the section entititled Searching the PDB.

Once a search is complete a table of PDB files relating to your search query will be displayed. To view the PDB file in 3D in the graphical display double click on a row in the PDBSearchResults table.

To Search the PDB and Download a Structure:
  • Click on the search tab and enter a search string or PDB code.
  • A table containing the results will be displayed.
  • Double click on a row to load the PDB file. Read more about PDB search here.

NOTE: If you have a PDB structure already saved you can read it into ICM by going to the File Menu and selecting Open. PDB files that have been viewed previously can be loaded using File/ Recent PDB Codes.

2.2.1.1 How to Search the Protein Databank by Chemical Substructure


Step 1: Click on the molecule editor button inside the search tab. Sketch the substructure you are interested in.

Step 2: A table containing the results will be displayed. Double click on a row to load the PDB file.

2.2.1.2 How to Query the PDB by Sequence


There are a number of ways to search the PDB by sequences.

  1. BLAST search the NCBI datase using the option "Sequences from PDB".
  2. Search by Sequence Pattern using the option in the Edit menu.
  3. Search by Identity using the option in the Edit menu.
  4. Search by Homology using the option in the Edit menu.

2.2.1.3 How to Query PDB by PDB Field


To query the PDB by field (Author, Compound, PDB Header, Experiment Type, Resolution or Ligand Code

  • Select Edit/PDB search by field.
  • Enter the search string or value
  • Click OK and a list of related PDB entries based on your search will be displayed in the PDBSearchResults table of the graphical user interface.

2.2.1.4 Load and Display NMR Structures


Use the PDB Search tab to load NMR structures from the PDB. You can use the drop down button shown below to determine how you want to display your NMR structure. You can choose to display and download the first NMR model, all models in the PDB file or all models in the PDB in a stack. If you choose the stack option the the stack will be stored in the object as described here.

2.2.1.5 Occupancy Display


You can use the options in the PDB Search tab to control if and how the partial or zero atom occupancies are displayed. You can choose to circle or label the poor occupancy atoms.

>>load-pdb-hyperlinks{pdb search hyperlinks} h4-- Hyperlinks to PDB Website and UniProt {Hyperlinks to Databases}

In the PDB Search Results Table you will see blue hyperlinks that will take you directly to the PDB website or Uniprot website.

2.2.1.6 Display PDB Header


To display the PDB Header for a PDB file.

  • First load a PDB file into ICM (see Search PDB)
  • Double click on the word header in the ICM Workspace.

  • The PDB Header information will be displayed.
  • Click on the blue hyperlinked text to link to external web pages for additional information if needed.

2.2.1.7 Direct link to PubMed


When you search for a PDB file and load it into ICM you will see an icon (shown below) next to your protein name in the ICM Workspace. Click the icon and you will be taken directly to the PubMed primary reference relating to the structure.

2.2.2 Search Pocketome


The Pocketome (www.pocketome.org) is an encyclopedia of conformational ensembles of all druggable binding sites that can be identified experimentally from co-crystal structures in the Protein Data Bank.

Step 1: Click on the search tab and choose the Pocketome option. Check a field you would like to search e.g. Protein Name, Family, domain...

Step 2: A table of pocketome hits will be displayed. Browse the results and double click to load a pocketome entry.

2.2.3 BLAST Search


To BLAST search the NCBI sequence database:

Step 1: Load a sequence into ICM. Select the Search tab and choose the BLAST option. Drag and drop the sequence into the search field, use the drop down menu or type the sequence name.

Step 2: A fully interactive table and plot of sequence conservation will be displayed. Double click to load a sequence.

2.2.4 Search UniProt


Step 1: Click on the search tab and select Uniprot from the drop down menu. Enter the UniProt code. The sequence will be loaded directly into ICM and you will see it in the ICM workspace.

2.2.5 Search PDB by Ligand Code


To find structures containing a particular ligand in the PDB.

Step 1: Click on the search tab and select Ligand Code from the drop down menu. Enter the Ligand code and a table of hits will be displayed.

2.2.6 Search Drug Bank


To search Drug Bank ( http://www.drugbank.ca/)
Step 1: Click on the search tab and select Drug Bank from the drop down menu. Enter a search string and a table of results will be displayed.

2.2.7 Search PubChem


To search PubChem (https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/):

  • Click on the search tab and select PubChem from the drop down menu.
  • Enter a search string and a table of results will be displayed or click on the chemical sketch button and sketch a substructure. When you close the chemical sketch window the smiles string will be added to the keyword search panel.
  • Click on the "binocular" button and run the search.
  • A table of hits will be displayed.


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