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Rapidly Display Glycan Symbols in 3D Structures: 3D-SNFG in LiteMol

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Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Proteome Research
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Central European Institute of Technology

Keywords oligosaccharide; glycan; carbohydrate; glycoprotein; SNFG; 3D-SNFG; visualization; LiteMol; structure; symbol nomenclature for glycans
Description The representation of carbohydrates in 3D space using symbols is a powerful visualization method, but such representations are lacking in currently available visualization software. The work presented here allows researchers to display carbohydrate 3D structures as 3D-SNFG symbols using LiteMol from a web browser (e.g., Any PDB ID can be substituted at the end of the URL. Alternatively, the user may enter a PDB ID or upload a structure. LiteMol is available at and automatically depicts any carbohydrate residues as 3D-SNFG symbols. To embed LiteMol in a webpage, visit
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