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Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 Jan;42(Database issue):D304-9. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt1240. Epub 2013 Dec 3.

SCOPe: Structural Classification of Proteins--extended, integrating SCOP and ASTRAL data and classification of new structures.

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  • 1Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA and Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.


Structural Classification of Proteins-extended (SCOPe, is a database of protein structural relationships that extends the SCOP database. SCOP is a manually curated ordering of domains from the majority of proteins of known structure in a hierarchy according to structural and evolutionary relationships. Development of the SCOP 1.x series concluded with SCOP 1.75. The ASTRAL compendium provides several databases and tools to aid in the analysis of the protein structures classified in SCOP, particularly through the use of their sequences. SCOPe extends version 1.75 of the SCOP database, using automated curation methods to classify many structures released since SCOP 1.75. We have rigorously benchmarked our automated methods to ensure that they are as accurate as manual curation, though there are many proteins to which our methods cannot be applied. SCOPe is also partially manually curated to correct some errors in SCOP. SCOPe aims to be backward compatible with SCOP, providing the same parseable files and a history of changes between all stable SCOP and SCOPe releases. SCOPe also incorporates and updates the ASTRAL database. The latest release of SCOPe, 2.03, contains 59 514 Protein Data Bank (PDB) entries, increasing the number of structures classified in SCOP by 55% and including more than 65% of the protein structures in the PDB.

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