Logo Voronoia
for RNA




A method to calculate atomic packing and packing defects

Voronoia4RNA is a database storing data on atomic packing densities of RNA structures and complexes. Compared to other methods, that solely estimate van der Waals interactions i.e. by gain of solvent excluded surfaces, Voronoia4RNA allocates the free space between neighbouring atoms. It explicitly takes packing defects into consideration and is therefore an appropriate method to calculate van der Waals interactions and to estimate the underlying forces.

On site visualization

Packing densities and water sized cavities can be visualized by the Jmol based viewer Provi. Visualisation allows to quickly evaluate these cavities that often refer to internal waters not resolved in the crystal structure. Regions with large packing defects i.e. in ribosomes or riboswitches also refer to local flexibilities. Packing densities are also considered as a tool to assess the quality of a structure, as this measure correlates with X-ray structure resolution. In some cases, Voronoia4RNA may also be used to detect potential binding sites for ligands or coenzymes.

What you can do ...

You may browse a pre-calculated set of RNA structures, visualize or download sub-datasets or individual entries, submit your own protein or RNA structure for calculation and compare it to reference values calculated from a set of non-redundant RNA structures by means of a given z-Score.