Molecule of the Month
June 2018

Proteins and Nanoparticles

Nanotech scientists are designing new ways to combine proteins and nanoparticles

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Health Focus: Antimicrobial Resistance

Antibiotics have saved countless lives, but pathogens are quickly finding ways to survive antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are predicted to become the leading cause of death worldwide. They take many approaches: pumping antibiotics out of their cells, altering the molecular machinery that the antibiotics target, and attacking the antibiotics directly. Atomic structures publicly available in the PDB are revealing the details of drug resistance and providing new ways to combat it. Use the PDB-101 resources to learn about protein structures related to antibiotic action and resistance.


2018 Video Challenge for High School Students

Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Beta-lactam Antibiotics

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners! Many thanks to the expert judges, students, teachers, parents, and voters who made this exciting competition happen.

2018 Winners
Judge's Award, 1st Place
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ
Judge's Award, 2nd Place
Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY
Judge's Award, 3rd Place
Mira Mesa Senior HS, San Diego, CA
Viewer's Choice
Jericho High School, Jericho, NY
Learn: Materials for Exploration
Learn about the relationship between protein structure and function.
Teach: Curricula
The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
Education Corner: Using PDB Resources
Creating sculptural models of proteins in a high-school engineering class by Keagan O’Mara (Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School)
Geis Digital Archive
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.

Induced Lac Repressor

DNA

Myoglobin

Carboxypeptidase A

Myohemerythrin

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Z-DNA

A-DNA

Hemoglobin

Lysozyme

Myoglobin Fold

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Cytochrome c

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Ribonuclease S

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Lysozyme

Oxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin

B-DNA

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Collagen

Hemoglobin S

Crambin

Trypsin

Lac Repressor