Molecule of the Month
January 2018

Opioid Receptors

Morphine and other opioid drugs bind to receptors in the nervous system, controlling pain

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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

The complete details for the 2018 challenge will be announced in February.

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.
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.

Myohemerythrin

Crambin

Lysozyme

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Lysozyme

A-DNA

Hemoglobin

Myoglobin

Ribonuclease S

Myoglobin Fold

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Collagen

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Hemoglobin S

Oxyhemoglobin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Hemoglobin

Deoxyhemoglobin

Induced Lac Repressor

Cytochrome c

Z-DNA

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Lac Repressor

Trypsin

Carboxypeptidase A

B-DNA

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

DNA

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S