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WebFR3D-A Server for Finding, Aligning and Analyzing Recurrent RNA 3D Motifs
Nucleic Acids Research
  • Craig L. Zirbel, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
  • Neocles B. Leontis, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
  • Anton I. Petrov
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WebFR3D is the on-line version of 'Find RNA 3D' (FR3D), a program for annotating atomic-resolution RNA 3D structure files and searching them efficiently to locate and compare RNA 3D structural motifs. WebFR3D provides on-line access to the central features of FR3D, including geometric and symbolic search modes, without need for installing programs or downloading and maintaining 3D structure data locally. In geometric search mode, WebFR3D finds all motifs similar to a user-specified query structure. In symbolic search mode, WebFR3D finds all sets of nucleotides making user-specified interactions. In both modes, users can specify sequence, sequence-continuity, base pairing, base-stacking and other constraints on nucleotides and their interactions. WebFR3D can be used to locate hairpin, internal or junction loops, list all base pairs or other interactions, or find instances of recurrent RNA 3D motifs (such as sarcin-ricin and kink-turn internal loops or T- and GNRA hairpin loops) in any PDB file or across a whole set of 3D structure files. The output page provides facilities for comparing the instances returned by the search by superposition of the 3D structures and the alignment of their sequences annotated with pairwise interactions. WebFR3D is available at

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Oxford University Press
Citation Information
Craig L. Zirbel, Neocles B. Leontis and Anton I. Petrov. "WebFR3D-A Server for Finding, Aligning and Analyzing Recurrent RNA 3D Motifs" Nucleic Acids Research Vol. 39 Iss. supplement 2 (2011)
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