Future Planning: PDB entries with extended CCD or PDB IDs will be distributed in the PDBx/mmCIF format only
wwPDB, in collaboration with the PDBx/mmCIF Working Group, has set plans to extend the length of accession codes (IDs) for PDB and Chemical Component Dictionary (CCD) entries in the future. PDB entries containing these extended IDs will not be supported by the legacy PDB file format. (see previous announcement)
CCD ID extension
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PDB ID extension
wwPDB will be extending PDB ID length to eight characters prefixed by ‘pdb’, e.g., pdb_00001abc. Each PDB entry has a corresponding Digital Object Identifier (DOI), often required for manuscript submission to journals and described in publications by the structure authors. Extended PDB IDs and corresponding PDB DOIs have been included in the PDBx/mmCIF formatted atomic coordinate files for all new and re-released entries since August 2021.
For example, PDB entry issued with 4-character PDB ID, 1abc, will have the extended PDB ID (pdb_00001abc) and corresponding PDB DOI (10.2210/pdb1abc/pdb), as listed in the _database_2 PDBx/mmCIF category.
PDB 1abc pdb_00001abc 10.2210/pdb1abc/pdb
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PDB pdb_00099xyz pdb_00099xyz 10.2210/pdb_00099xyz/pdb
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