DNAproDB: an interactive tool for structural analysis of DNA–protein complexes

Abstract

Many biological processes are mediated by complex interactions between DNA and proteins. Transcription factors, various polymerases, nucleases and histones recognize and bind DNA with different levels of binding specificity. To understand the physical mechanisms that allow proteins to recognize DNA and achieve their biological functions, it is important to analyze structures of DNA-protein complexes in detail. DNAproDB is a web-based interactive tool designed to help researchers study these complexes. DNAproDB provides an automated structure-processing pipeline that extracts structural features from DNA-protein complexes. The extracted features are organized in structured data files, which are easily parsed with any programming language or viewed in a browser. We processed a large number of DNA-protein complexes retrieved from the Protein Data Bank and created the DNAproDB database to store this data. Users can search the database by combining features of the DNA, protein or DNA-protein interactions at the interface. Additionally, users can upload their own structures for processing privately and securely. DNAproDB provides several interactive and customizable tools for creating visualizations of the DNA-protein interface at different levels of abstraction that can be exported as high quality figures. All functionality is documented and freely accessible at http://dnaprodb.usc.edu.

DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx272

Cite this paper

@inproceedings{Sagendorf2017DNAproDBAI, title={DNAproDB: an interactive tool for structural analysis of DNA–protein complexes}, author={Jared M. Sagendorf and Helen M. Berman and Remo Rohs}, booktitle={Nucleic acids research}, year={2017} }