Recording information on protein complexes in an information management system
Savitsky M., Diprose JM., Morris C., Griffiths SL., Daniel E., Lin B., Daenke S., Bishop B., Siebold C., Wilson KS., Blake R., Stuart DI., Esnouf RM.
The Protein Information Management System (PiMS) is a laboratory information management system (LIMS) designed for use with the production of proteins in a research environment. The software is distributed under the CCP4 licence, and so is available free of charge to academic laboratories. Like most LIMS, the underlying PiMS data model originally had no support for protein-protein complexes. To support the SPINE2-Complexes project the developers have extended PiMS to meet these requirements. The modifications to PiMS, described here, include data model changes, additional protocols, some user interface changes and functionality to detect when an experiment may have formed a complex. Example data are shown for the production of a crystal of a protein complex. Integration with SPINE2-Complexes Target Tracker application is also described. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.