VIZ - A graphical open-source architecture for use in structural bioinformatics

R.M. Czekster, O.N. De Souza

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Protein structure visualization is crucial for understanding its function inside the cell. Each year, laboratories around the world deposit protein structures on a central database for further analysis and research. The result is a large amount of structures being deposited (approximately 31,000 in may 2005). Visualization is a very powerful tool to help in the analysis, aiding data understanding and interpretation. The present work suggests an architecture to help the rapid construction of visual biomolecular software, specifically designed to be simple, modular and scalable. The architecture, called VIZ, employs high quality opensource libraries offering simple data structures and customizable options. The architecture can be used to start a new visual software project to visualize and represent individual protein structures, as well as multiple conformations from molecular dynamics simulation trajectories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Subtitle of host publicationBrazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics, BSB 2005, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, July 27-29, 2005. Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9783540318613
ISBN (Print)9783540280088
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Bioinformatics (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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