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Westbrook, J.D., Ito, N., Nakamura, H., Henrick, K., Berman, H.M.
Bioinformatics 21 (7): 98 (2005) [PubMed] [doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bti082]

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5-7) What is the reason for the difference between the number of PDB entries on the top page and the number of PDB entries in the file; ftp://ftp.pdbj.org/pub/pdb/derived_data/index/entries.idx?

A) The number of entries on the top page does not include intact large structure entries. (Traditional split entries, which constitute each large structure, are included.) The above file, entries.idx, lists all released PDB IDs including large structure entries.

The large structure consists of a huge number of atoms which breaks the PDB format restrictions. These structures have been split into multiple entries and deposited with multiple PDB IDs.

Though large structures can now be deposited as single files in PDBx/mmCIF format, the files are archived in a special location of PDB archive for a transitional period.

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6-4) jV: I encounter an error when using jV applet to view a structure.

A) When you use JRE6 Update15 (1.6.0_15) or JRE6 Update16 (1.6.0_16) on Windows or Linux, jV applet and applet-launcher fails to start up with the following error.

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7-1) Do you have documentation for the PDB file format?

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Please refer to the newest version of thePDB file format - Contents Guide.

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7-2) I want to change my PDB entry but do not know the contact e-mail address. What can I do?

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7-3) Can I complete a deposition over a few days? For how long is my incomplete deposition session saved?

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7-4) When will an HPUB structure be released? The primary citation has been published.

A) We would appreciate it if you could provide the publication information from the Contact Us page.
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7-5) Which method should I select to deposit my structure using ADIT?

A)Please select an appropriate method from the list below:

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Please refer to More information on deposition of structures determined by other methods. at the RCSB website.

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7-6) What is the rule for assigning chain IDs? How are upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers used?

A) Please refer to 4 Chain ID assignment of Processing Procedures manual at http://www.wwpdb.org/docs.html.

Upper case letters and numbers should be used first for chain IDs. Lower case letters should be used only after all upper letters and numbers 0-9 have been used. In this way, a maximum of 62 chains can be included in the PDB entry. Other symbols should never be used for chain IDs.

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7-7) Can I release my PDB entry (deposited as HPUB/HOLD) right away?

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