Molecule of the Month
November 2020

Adenylyl Cyclase

Adenylyl cyclase creates second messengers to amplify signals from G-protein coupled receptors

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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 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.


2021 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms of Drugs for Mental Disorders

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 12 and April 27, 2021.

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Lysozyme (512)

Myoglobin Fold

A-DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Hemoglobin S

Crambin

Hemoglobin (1000)

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

B-DNA

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Lysozyme (488)

Z-DNA

Oxyhemoglobin

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Cytochrome c

Deoxyhemoglobin

Myoglobin

Hemoglobin

Carboxypeptidase A

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Collagen

Myohemerythrin

DNA

Induced Lac Repressor

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Lac Repressor

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Trypsin

Ribonuclease 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

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Ebola Virus

Biosites: Nucleus

Autophagy

Chloroplast

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Lipid Droplets

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Myelin

Immunological Synapse

Poliovirus Neutralization

Insulin Action

Respiratory Droplet

Blood

Zika Virus

Biosites: Muscle

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

HIV in Blood Plasma

Coronavirus

SARS-CoV-2 Fusion

Escherichia coli

Mycoplasma mycoides

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Influenza Vaccine

Measles Virus Proteins

Biosites: Basement Membrane