It can be informative to view biological data, e.g., protein-protein interactions within a large complex, in a network representation coupled with three-dimensional structural visualizations of individual molecular entities. CyToStruct, introduced here, provides a transparent interface between the Cytoscape platform for network analysis and molecular viewers, including PyMOL, UCSF Chimera, VMD, and Jmol. CyToStruct launches and passes scripts to molecular viewers from the network's edges and nodes. We provide demonstrations to analyze interactions among subunits in large protein/RNA/DNA complexes, and similarities among proteins. CyToStruct enriches the network tools of Cytoscape by adding a layer of structural analysis, offering all capabilities implemented in molecular viewers. CyToStruct is available at https://bitbucket.org/sergeyn/cytostruct/wiki/Home and in the Cytoscape App Store. Given the coordinates of a molecular complex, our web server (http://trachel-srv.cs.haifa.ac.il/rachel/ppi/) automatically generates all files needed to visualize the complex as a Cytoscape network with CyToStruct bridging to PyMOL, UCSF Chimera, VMD, and Jmol.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Structural Biology