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Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D1164-70. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq888. Epub 2010 Oct 28.

IEDB-3D: structural data within the immune epitope database.

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San Diego Supercomputer Center, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego, CA 92093, USA.


IEDB-3D is the 3D structural component of the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB) available via the 'Browse by 3D Structure' page at IEDB-3D catalogs B- and T-cell epitopes and Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) ligands for which 3D structures of complexes with antibodies, T-cell receptors or MHC molecules are available in the Protein Data Bank (PDB). Journal articles that are primary citations of PDB structures and that define immune epitopes are curated within IEDB as any other reference along with accompanying functional assays and immunologically relevant information. For each curated structure, IEDB-3D provides calculated data on intermolecular contacts and interface areas and includes an application, EpitopeViewer, to visualize the structures. IEDB-3D is fully embedded within IEDB, thus allowing structural data, both curated and calculated, and all accompanying information to be queried using multiple search interfaces. These include queries for epitopes recognized in different pathogens, eliciting different functional immune responses, and recognized by different components of the immune system. The query results can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format, or the entire database, together with structural data both curated and calculated, can be downloaded in either XML or MySQL formats.

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