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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crystal structure errors — in CSD too

Many of you involved in structure based drug discovery will know very well about the numerous problems and errors in the data found in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) especially concerning the ligand structures. There have been a lot of publications about such errors, e.g. in Jones et al. J Mol. Biol. (1997) 267:727, and I heard various conference presentations about this topic too, e.g. by Gerard Kleywegt (University of Uppsala), titled “Protein crystallography: not as simple as ABC then?” at Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia (15-19 October 2007) eChemInfo meeting. The errors are often blamed on the low resolution of the structures involving large protein structures (often thousands of atoms). One would assume that the small molecule crystal structures of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) do not have such errors, since they have much higher resolution and dealing with small molecules. Let me correct that wrong assumption!

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