Molecule of the Month
June 2019

MDM2 and Cancer

MDM2 controls the action of p53 tumor suppressor, making it a target for cancer chemotherapy.

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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.


2019 Video Challenge for High School Students

Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Aminoglycoside Antibiotics

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

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

Winner, First Place

Mira Mesa High School,
San Diego, CA

Winner, Second

The Quarry Lane School,
Dublin, CA

Winner, Third

Stuyvesant High School,
New York, NY

Winner, Viewers Choice

Rye Country Day School,
Rye, 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
Exploring the Molecules of Biological Warfare in Virtual Reality By Steve McCloskey, Nanome Inc.
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.

Z-DNA

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

DNA

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Myoglobin Fold

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Lysozyme

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Hemoglobin S

Trypsin

Induced Lac Repressor

A-DNA

Hemoglobin

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Carboxypeptidase A

Myoglobin

Oxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin

Lac Repressor

Deoxyhemoglobin

B-DNA

Myohemerythrin

Lysozyme

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Cytochrome c

Collagen

Crambin

Ribonuclease S

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

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

Blood

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Mycoplasma mycoides

Escherichia coli

Autophagy

Measles Virus Proteins

Biosites: Muscle

Zika Virus

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Biosites: Cytoplasm

HIV in Blood Plasma

Biosites: Nucleus

Ebola Virus

Biosites: Basement Membrane