Molecule of the Month
June 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Spike

Coronavirus spike protein binds to receptors on cell surfaces, and is a target for vaccine development.

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Health Focus: Drugs and the Brain

The brain orchestrates everything we do, sending signals through the nervous system to control different parts of our body. The brain is also the home of our thoughts and consciousness, as neurons process the input from our senses and store what they find as memories. Many drugs are available to help tune the function of the brain and nervous system when there are problems. Unfortunately, the effects of some drugs are hard to control and can lead to abuse and addiction. Explore PDB-101 Resources to learn about proteins related to our nervous system and mental health.


2020 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid Action

Thanks to all challenge participants, expert judges, teachers, parents, and voters who made this competition happen.

Congratulations to the 2020 Winning Teams!

Winner, First Place Winner, Second Winner, Third Winner, Viewers Choice Winner, Viewers Choice

Bothell High School
Bothell, WA

Jericho High School
Jericho, NY

The Bronx High School of Science
Bronx, NY

Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT

West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South
West Windsor, NJ

Learn: Materials for Exploration
PDB-101 resources and 3D structures of COVID-19 proteins.
Teach: Curricula
The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
Education Corner: Using PDB Resources
Embedding Biomolecular Modeling in Elementary and Middle School Curriculum by Daniel Fried, Saint Peter’s University
SciArt Galleries
Irving Geis (1908-1997) was a gifted artist who helped illuminate the field of structural biology with his iconic images. The Geis Digital Archive features many of his illustrations in the context of their molecular structures.

Images used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Z-DNA

Oxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin S

Trypsin

Myoglobin Fold

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Hemoglobin (1000)

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Deoxyhemoglobin

Lysozyme (488)

Carboxypeptidase A

A-DNA

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Collagen

Lysozyme (512)

Ribonuclease S

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Induced Lac Repressor

Myoglobin

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Myohemerythrin

B-DNA

Hemoglobin

Crambin

Cytochrome c

Lac Repressor

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

The Molecular Landscapes by David S. Goodsell integrate information from structural biology, microscopy and biophysics to simulate detailed views of the molecular structure of living cells.

Illustrations are free for use under a CC-BY-4.0 license

Insulin Action

Biosites: Nucleus

Mycoplasma mycoides

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Ebola Virus

Lipid Droplets

Immunological Synapse

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Influenza Vaccine

Blood

Zika Virus

Autophagy

Measles Virus Proteins

Chloroplast

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Coronavirus

HIV in Blood Plasma

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Escherichia coli

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Poliovirus Neutralization

Biosites: Muscle