Molecule of the Month
October 2020

Capsaicin Receptor TRPV1

TRPV1 is an ion channel that senses heat and contributes to pain sensation.

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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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2021 Video Challenge key visual: synaptic region with one fused vesicle
Learn: Materials for Exploration
PDB-101 resources and 3D structures of COVID-19 proteins.
Teach: Curricula
The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
Education Corner: Using PDB Resources
Using PDB Structures to Visualize Science by medical illustrator Veronica Falconieri Hays (Falconeri Visuals).
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.

Trypsin

Cytochrome c

Oxyhemoglobin

DNA

Deoxyhemoglobin

Lysozyme (512)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

A-DNA

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Lac Repressor

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

B-DNA

Z-DNA

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Myohemerythrin

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Carboxypeptidase A

Myoglobin Fold

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Crambin

Induced Lac Repressor

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Lysozyme (488)

Hemoglobin (1000)

Hemoglobin S

Myoglobin

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Hemoglobin

Ribonuclease S

Collagen

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

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

Poliovirus Neutralization

Mycoplasma mycoides

Myelin

Escherichia coli

Respiratory Droplet

Measles Virus Proteins

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Blood

Zika Virus

HIV in Blood Plasma

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Muscle

Insulin Action

Biosites: Nucleus

Ebola Virus

Autophagy

Chloroplast

Lipid Droplets

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Influenza Vaccine

Coronavirus

Immunological Synapse