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Searching glycobio databases

Iain Wilson WILSON at edv1.boku.ac.at
Wed Sep 18 02:49:34 EST 1996

> I'm looking for databases concerning various subjects in the field of
> glycobiology, i.e., oligosaccharide sequences, lectins specificity and
> properties, cristallo datas etc... Is there any specific database for
> saccharides, glycoconjugates or CBP as EMBL or GenBank for proteic
> and/or nucleic data ?
> Thank you for informations

There's nothing so comprehensive yet! The Carbbank database with its 
rather antiquated (last time I saw it) DOS interface is quite 
complicated to use but does contain information on oligosaccharide 
sequences and the references for them. You can get CDs or download a 
very large file (70 megabytes or so) from 

However, a Glycoscience Hyperglossary is being started through the 
Second Electronic Glycoscience Conference - so hopefully in the 
coming months an Internet-accessible database will be built up with 
the input of the glycoscience community.

Crystallographic data for lectins will be available from the 
Brookhaven database - check out http://www.pdb.bnl.gov/

There is also the Cambridge Crystallographic Database: 

Many internet sites of interest to the glycoscience community are 
linked through the Glycoscience Network Homepage at:

For an overview of Glycoscience and the Internet - look at a recent 
issue of Trends in Glycoscience and Glycotechnology (the bilingual 
English-Japanese journal) for an article by Barry Hardy and myself - 
vol. 8, no. 42, pp. 301-310 - the article has lots of URLs listed!

Hope this helps you,


Iain Wilson                       Institut fuer Chemie           
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