Molecule of the Month
May 2018

Human Papillomavirus and Vaccines

The capsid protein of papillomavirus is used in vaccines that prevent cervical cancer.

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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.


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.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Ribonuclease S

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Induced Lac Repressor

Hemoglobin S

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Lysozyme

Myohemerythrin

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Hemoglobin

B-DNA

Carboxypeptidase A

A-DNA

Trypsin

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Collagen

Lysozyme

Myoglobin

Deoxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin

Lac Repressor

Oxyhemoglobin

DNA

Crambin

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Myoglobin Fold

Cytochrome c

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)