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  • 1. Archives and Information Retrieval Lecture by; AQSAD RASHDA BIOINFORMATICS
  • 2. Database indexing and specification of search terms
    • An index is a set of pointers to information in a database
    • Search terms
    • Entries: discrete coherent parcels of information.
    • The information retrieval software
    • Keywords
    • AND’ NOT
    • Follow-up questions
  • 3. Primary data collections related to biological macromolecules include: 􀂃 Nucleic acid sequences, including whole-genome projects 􀂃 Amino acid sequences of proteins 􀂃 Protein and nucleic acid structures 􀂃 Small-molecule crystal structures 􀂃 Protein functions 􀂃 Expression patterns of genes 􀂃 Publications The archives
  • 4. Nucleic acid sequence databases
    • Triple partnership of:
    • National Center for Biotechnology Information (USA)
    • EMBL Data Library (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)
    • DNA Data Bank of Japan (National Institute of Genetics, Japan).
    • Entries have a life cycle
  • 5. Nucleotide sequence databases
    • EMBL, GenBank, and DDBJ are the three primary nucleotide sequence databases
    • EMBL www.ebi.ac.uk/embl/
    • GenBank www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank/
    • DDBJ www.ddbj.nig.ac.jp
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  • 8. The EMBL data library entry for the bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor gene Organism Classification Keyword Description Date Identification Accession Organism Source Reference Number
  • 9. Reference Title Reference Author Reference Position Reference Location Feature Table Header
  • 10. FT: The feature table may indicate regions that 1. perform or affect function 2. interact with other molecules 3. affect replication 4. are involved in recombination 5. are a repeated unit 6. have secondary or tertiary structure 7. are revised or corrected Sequence Header
  • 11. Protein sequence databases
    • SWISS-PROT: The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics collaborates with the EMBL Data Library to provide an annotated database of amino acid sequences called SWISS-PROT.
    • PIR : Another protein sequence database is produced by The PIR International
  • 12. http://pir.georgetown.edu/
  • 13. PIR entry for the amino acid sequence of Bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor
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  • 16. Databases associated with SWISS-PROT
    • ENZYME DB, and PROSITE
    • The ENZYME DB stores the following information about enzymes:
    • EC Number: a numerical identifier assigned by the Enzyme Commission (authorized by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; see
    • http://www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iubmb/enzyme/)
    • Recommended name
    • Alternative names, if any
    • Catalytic activity
    • Cofactors, if any
    • Pointers to SWISS-PROT and other data banks
    • Pointers to disease associated with enzyme deficiency if any known
  • 17. A Sample Entry in ENZYME DB
  • 18. The PIR and associated databases
    • The PIR maintains several databases about proteins:
    • 1. PIR-PSD: the main protein sequence database
    • 2. iProClass: classification of proteins according to structure and function
    • 3. ASDB: annotation and similarity database; each entry is linked to a list of similar sequences
    • 4. P/R-NREF: a comprehensive non-redundant collection of over 800 000 protein sequences merged from all available sources
    • 5. NRL3D: a database of sequences and annotations of proteins of known structure deposited in the Protein Data Bank
    • 6. ALN: a database of protein sequence alignments, and
    • 7.RESID: a database of covalent protein structure modifications (recall that important structural features of proteins such as disulphide bridges are not inferrable from gene sequences, and will not appear in protein sequence databases derived solely by translation of genomic data)
  • 19. Databases of structures
    • Structure databases archive, annotate and distribute sets of atomic coordinates
    • Protein Data Bank (PDB).
    • The information contained includes:
    • What protein is the subject of the entry, and what species it came from
    • Who solved the structure, and references to publications describing the structure determination
    • Experimental details about the structure determination, including information related to the general quality of the result such as resolution of an X-ray structure determination and stereochemical statistics
    • The amino acid sequence
    • What additional molecules appear in the structure, including cofactors, inhibitors, and water molecules
    • Assignments of secondary structure: helix, sheet
    • Disulphide bridges
    • The atomic coordinates
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  • 21. Protein data bank entry 2TRX, E. coli thioredoxin
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  • 27. Indicators of structure quality
    • X-ray crystal structure analysis
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
    • Web Resource; Protein and Nucleic Acid Structures
    • Home page of protein data bank:
    • http://www.rcsb.org
    • Home page of EBI macromolecular structure database:
    • http://msd.ebi.ac.uk/
    • Home page of BioMagResBank:
    • http://www.bmrb.wisc.edu/
    • Searching the protein data bank:
    • Home page of SCOP (Structural classification of proteins):
    • http://scop.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/scop/
    • List of browsers:
    • http://pdb-browsers.ebi.ac.uk/browse_it.shtml
    • OCA:
    • http://oca.ebi.ac.uk/oca-bin/ocamain
  • 28. Classifications of protein structures
    • 􀂃 SCOP: Structural Classification of Proteins
    • 􀂃 CATH: Class/Architecture/Topology/Homology
    • 􀂃 DALI: Based on extraction of similar structures from distance matrices
    • 􀂃 CE: A database of structural alignments
  • 29. Specialized, or 'boutique' databases
    • VIPER (Virus Particle ExploreR) treats crystal structures of icosahedral viruses.
    • In the field of immunology :
    • IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics database, is a high-quality integrated database specializing in Immunoglobulins (Ig), T-cell receptors (TcR) and Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) molecules of all vertebrate species.
    • The IMGT server provides a common access to all Immunogenetics data.
    • At present, it includes two databases : IMGT/LIGM-DB , a comprehensive database of immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor gene sequences from human and other vertebrates, with translation for fully annotated sequences, and IMGT/HLA-DB , a database of the human MHC referred to as HLA (Human Leucocyte Antigens)
  • 30. Web Resource: Databases for Specific Protein Families
    • Protein kinases
    • http://www.sdsc.edu/kinases/
    • HIV proteases
    • http://www-fbsc.ncifcrf.gov/HIVdb/
    • Icosahedral viruses
    • http://mmtsb.scripps.edu/viper/main.html
    • Immunology
    • IGMT: http://imgt.cines.fr
    • KABAT: http://immuno.bme.nwu.edu/
    • MHCPEP: http://wehih.wehi.edu.au/mhcpep/
    • Collections of links to databases on specific protein families
    • http://www2.ebi.ac.uk/msd/Links/family.shtml
    • KABAT - Database of Sequences of Proteins of Immunological Interest - North-Western University (USA)
    • MHCPEP - Major Histocompatibility Complex Binding Peptides Database - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 31. Expression and proteomics databases
    • Expression databases record measurements of mRNA levels, usually via ESTs (short terminal sequences of cDNA synthesized from mRNA).
    • Comparisons of expression patterns give clues to:
    • (1) the function and mechanism of action of gene products,
    • (2) how organisms coordinate their control over metabolic processes in different conditions - for instance yeast under aerobic or anaerobic conditions,
    • (3) the variations in mobilization of genes at different stages of the cell
    • cycle, or of the development of an organism,
    • (4) mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and consequent suggestion of targets for drug development
    • (5) the response to challenge by a parasite
    • (6) the response to medications of different types and dosages, to guide effective therapy.
  • 32. To be Continued………..