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Proteopedia Mission Statement

To collect, organize and disseminate structural and functional knowledge about protein, RNA, DNA, and other macromolecules, and their assemblies and interactions with small molecules, in a manner that is relevant and broadly accessible to students and scientists.

Goals for Proteopedia

  • To serve as a forum for the scientific community to share, retrieve and discuss information related to proteins, macromolecules, and small molecules and chemicals of interest.
  • To continue to develop the concept of tying text to three-dimensional, interactive images.
  • To maintain low barriers for contribution.
  • To foster collaborative authorship.


Please see Proteopedia:Policy

The Proteopedia Team

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How to cite Proteopedia

  • Prilusky J, Hodis E, Canner D, Decatur W, Oberholser K, Martz E, Berchanski A, Harel M, Sussman JL. Proteopedia: A status report on the collaborative, 3D web-encyclopedia of proteins and other biomolecules. J Struct Biol. 2011 Apr 23. PMID:21536137 doi:10.1016/j.jsb.2011.04.011
  • Hodis E, Prilusky J, Martz E, Silman I, Moult J, Sussman JL. Proteopedia - a scientific 'wiki' bridging the rift between three-dimensional structure and function of biomacromolecules. Genome Biol. 2008;9(8):R121. Epub 2008 Aug 3. PMID:18673581 doi:

Contents of Proteopedia

Currently, Proteopedia has 159,445 articles (pages), and 3,916 registered users.

Seeded pages

Proteopedia contains one page for every entry in the World Wide Protein Data Bank, which contained >139,000 entries in April, 2018. Proteopedia is updated weekly with new entries shortly after they are released by the Protein Data Bank. Most of these pages, which are titled with a four-character PDB identification code, are "seeded" automatically to include a default view of the quaternary assembly ("biological unit", or if not provided by PDBe, the asymmetric unit), the abstract of the publication, green links to highlight sites and ligands, and molecule-specific links to other viewers and databases. If you click "Random" in the "navigation" box at the upper left, usually you will get an article titled with a PDB code, since they outnumber human-authored articles.

Authored pages

In addition, there are human-authored articles titled with the name of a molecule or a subject, instead of a PDB identification code. In April, 2018, there were >2,900 human-authored articles. Some of these articles that have substantial content are listed at Topic Pages, or you can browse a complete list of articles not titled with a PDB identification code. There are also articles About Macromolecular Structure.

Wishlist and Problems

Please list desired new features on the page Proteopedia:Wishlist and problems you have encountered on the page Proteopedia:Problems.

Email List

You are invited to subscribe to the Proteopedia:Email list in order to receive announcements of new features or pages in Proteopedia. It is also the central forum to ask for help or discuss proposals for new capabilities.


Proteopedia was built with Mediawiki, which was adapted by the Proteopedia team for macromolecular scene authoring and other special features. Proteopedia uses the Jmol/JSmol Extension to MediaWiki created by Nicolas Vervelle and adapted by the Proteopedia team. The JSmol object is used to render the rotatable, zoomable macromolecular scenes.


Proteopedia was created in 2007 at the Weizmann Institute of Science by three initial founders and developers. Subsequent team members have helped make it what it is today. Proteopedia is supported by The Israel Structural Proteomics Center at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Jmol and JSmol have been made what they are today by many dedicated volunteers working for many years. Notable credit goes to Bob Hanson, Miguel Howard, and Egon Willighagen.



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Proteopedia Page Contributors and Editors (what is this?)

Eran Hodis, Eric Martz, Jaime Prilusky, Joel L. Sussman, Wayne Decatur, Angel Herraez, David Canner

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