Protein Database and Protein Visualization Lecture

Lesson Plan

Program         Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Course            MBMG 515 Protein Technologies and Applications

Lecture topic Protein Database and Protein Visualization

Lecturer         Asst.Prof. Dr.Duangrudee Tanramluk

Date/Time      Thursday 3 December 2020 (13.00  ̶  15 hrs)

Room              Third Floor Computer Room

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this lecture, students should be able to

  1. describe about protein structural database characteristics and applications
  2. query sequence and structure data retrieval using structural database query forms
  3. become familiarized with protein structure molecular visualization tools

Lesson contents in brief:

Structural database characteristics, structure data retrieval, Gene Ontology, structure visualization, creating molecular graphics and animations


  1. Lesk, A.M. (2008) Introduction to Bioinformatics. Oxford University Press.
  2. Bourne, P.E. and Weissig, H., eds (2003) Structural Bioinformatics. John Wiley & Sons.

Learning organization:

  1. Lecture
  2. Hands on practice
  3. Questions and answers

Learning materials provided:

  1. Powerpoint slides
  2. Handout

Student Assessment:

Assignment (1 essay + 1 poster)

Class Materials

  • Interactive Slides
  • Handout: Protein Database and Protein Visualization
  • Please download & install Discovery Studio Visualizer Client (Windows 64 bit) (267 MB) & PhotoScape before attending the class


1.Take a photo of physical model of the four helix bundle cytochrome b562, PDBID: 256b. Browse Protein structures in and if possible make your physical model and take picture with your name written underneath.

2.(a) How many hemoglobin structures that cause sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin S) are deposited in the PDB?   (b)What is the part of the protein (buried/surface) that this amino acid mutation occurs? (c) Discuss why normal hemoglobin (Glu 7, Asp73) is less likely to form fibers than Hemoglobin C-Harlem (D73N, Chain B + E7V, Chain H).

3.(a)How many CDK kinases with resolution < 1.5Å are deposited in the PDB? (b)Send me a picture of the CDK-ligand interaction, tell which PDB code you have got it from.

4.Learn to create poster of the structure from Nishimasu H, et al.’s CRISPR-Cas9 paper (Source:

Please email the dropbox/google drive link to your homework to me by December 18, 2020

Returned Homeworks

Physical Models

CRISPR-Cas9 poster