Molecule of the Month
May 2016

Zika Virus

Cryo-electron microscopy reveals the structure of Zika virus


3D View:  Zika Virus




Health Focus: Diabetes

Glucose is transported through the blood, powering cells throughout the body. However, if the level of glucose gets too high, it can cause the chronic problems associated with diabetes mellitus.

Atomic structures have revealed how glucose levels are regulated in the body and are providing new hope for combating the disease.

To learn more, ​browse PDB­-101 resources related to diabetes, ​including features on glucagon, insulin, and RAGE.

2016 Video Challenge for High School Students

Structural Biology and Diabetes

Create a video that tells the molecular story of health and disease. Submissions are due May 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET

Overview Rules Resources ​Participation Guide 2015 Winners 2014 Winners

Teach: Curricula
The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
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 ( All rights reserved.


Ribonuclease S

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Lac Repressor

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Myoglobin Fold

Carboxypeptidase A


Cytochrome C



Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)



Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)