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Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex image

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Images from the Molecule of the Month, such as this Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex, can be downloaded as high resolution TIFF files.

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Create or download publication-quality pictures of biomacromolecules with the RCSB PDB.

Image of 3izi created using Protein Workshop
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Image of 3izi created using Protein Workshop

Several interactive, Java-based tools1 can be used to visualize PDB data and create pictures.  Protein Workshop offers easily customized views; Simple Viewer utilizes a quick ribbon display; and Ligand Explorer visualizes the interactions of bound ligands in protein and nucleic acids structures.

Each program can be used to create and save high-resolution images in JPEG, PNG, and TIFF formats. Using the Save Image dialog box from the File menu, users can specify the width and height of an image in pixels, inches, or millimeters.

From the educational PDB-101 site, high resolution TIFFs used to illustrate Molecule of the Month articles can be downloaded and used in presentations and publications (see citation and usage information). The high resolution files are linked from each article, and available as an archive.

PDB-101 posters, including The Structural Biology of HIV and Molecular Machinery: A Tour of the Protein Data Bank, can be saved as high or low resolution PDFs.

1J.L. Moreland, A.Gramada, O.V. Buzko, Q. Zhang and P.E. Bourne (2005) The Molecular Biology Toolkit (MBT): A modular platform for developing molecular visualization applications BMC Bioinformatics 6:21.

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