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Anal Biochem. 2004 Sep 15;332(2):285-9.

CDtool-an integrated software package for circular dichroism spectroscopic data processing, analysis, and archiving.

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  • 1Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, London WC1E 7HX, UK.


CDtool is a software package written to facilitate circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopic studies on both conventional lab-based instruments and synchrotron beamlines. It takes format-independent input data from any type of CD instrument, enables a wide range of standard and advanced processing methods, and, in a single user-friendly graphics-based package, takes raw data through the entire processing procedure and, importantly, uses data-mining techniques to retain in the final output all the information associated with the processing. It permits the facile comparison of data obtained from different instruments without the need for reformatting and displays it in graphical formats suitable for publication. It also includes the ability to automatically archive the processed data. This latter feature may be especially useful in light of recent funding institution directives with regard to data sharing and archiving and requirements for "good practice" and "traceability" within the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, CDtool includes a means of interfacing with protein data bank coordinate files and calculating secondary structures from them using alternate definitions and algorithms. This feature, along with a function that permits the facile production of new reference databases, enables the creation of specialized databases for secondary structural analyses of specific types of proteins. Thus the CDtool software not only enables rapid data processing and analyses but also includes many enhanced features not available in other CD data processing/analysis packages.

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