TEXTAL™: Automated crystallographic protein structure determination Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper reports on TEXTAL™, a deployed application that uses a variety of AI techniques to automate the process of determining the 3D structure of proteins by x-ray crystallography. The TEXTAL™ project was initiated in 1998, and the application is currently deployed in three ways: (1) a web-based interface called WebTex, operational since June 2002; (2) as the automated model-building component of an integrated crystallography software called PHENIX, first released in July 2003; (3) binary distributions, available since September 2004. TEXTAL™ and its sub-components are currently being used by crystallographers around the world, both in the industry and in academia. TEXTAL™ saves up to weeks of effort typically required to determine the structure of one protein; the system has proven to be particularly helpful when the quality of the data is poor, which is very often the case. Automated protein modeling systems like TEXTAL™ are critical to the structural genomics initiative, a worldwide effort to determine the 3D structure of all proteins in a high-throughput mode, thereby keeping up with the rapid growth of genomic sequence databases. Copyright © 2005, American Association for Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence

author list (cited authors)

  • Gopal, K., Romo, T., Mckee, E., Childs, K., Kanbi, L., Pai, R., ... Ioerger, T

complete list of authors

  • Gopal, K||Romo, T||Mckee, E||Childs, K||Kanbi, L||Pai, R||Smith, J||Sacchettini, J||Ioerger, T

editor list (cited editors)

  • Veloso, M. M., & Kambhampati, S.

publication date

  • December 2005