Molecule of the Month
September 2019

Nanodiscs and HDL

Nanodiscs conveniently package a small piece of membrane for experimental studies.

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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 of these 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

RCSB PDB invites all high school students to tell a two-minute story that combines structural Biology and Medicine. Videos can be submited between January 14 and April 28, 2020.

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2020 Video Challenge
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Learn about the relationship between protein structure and function.
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Education Corner: Using PDB Resources
How Does Life Work? Creating Scientific Explanations in Stained Glass by Joel Kowit
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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.

Oxyhemoglobin

Trypsin

Lac Repressor

Lysozyme

Collagen

Myoglobin Fold

Carboxypeptidase A

Cytochrome c

Hemoglobin

Crambin

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Myoglobin

Ribonuclease S

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Myohemerythrin

Induced Lac Repressor

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Lysozyme

Deoxyhemoglobin

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Hemoglobin S

Z-DNA

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

B-DNA

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

A-DNA

DNA

Hemoglobin

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

Escherichia coli

Insulin Action

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Ebola Virus

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Zika Virus

HIV in Blood Plasma

Mycoplasma mycoides

Blood

Biosites: Nucleus

Biosites: Muscle

Autophagy

Measles Virus Proteins

Biosites: Blood Plasma