Visualization of macromolecular structures
2010
Authors: O'Donoghue SI, Goodsell DS, Frangakis AS, Jossinet F, Laskowski RA, Nilges M, Saibil HR, Schafferhans A, Wade RC, Westhof E, Olson AJ
CellNetworks People: Wade Rebecca
Journal: Nat Methods. 2010 Mar;7(3 Suppl):S42-55

Structural biology is rapidly accumulating a wealth of detailed information about protein function, binding sites, RNA, large assemblies and molecular motions. These data are increasingly of interest to a broader community of life scientists, not just structural experts. Visualization is a primary means for accessing and using these data, yet visualization is also a stumbling block that prevents many life scientists from benefiting from three-dimensional structural data. In this review, we focus on key biological questions where visualizing three-dimensional structures can provide insight and describe available methods and tools.