Molecule of the Month
April 2019

Proteins and Biominerals

Small biomineral crystals are used to build bone, eggshells and even tiny compasses.

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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

Tell a 2-minute story that combines Structural Biology and Medicine and submit your video between January 15 and April 23, 2019.

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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.

Hemoglobin

Carboxypeptidase A

Oxyhemoglobin

Collagen

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

A-DNA

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Cytochrome c

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Lac Repressor

Hemoglobin S

Ribonuclease S

Deoxyhemoglobin

Myohemerythrin

B-DNA

Myoglobin Fold

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Trypsin

DNA

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Induced Lac Repressor

Lysozyme

Z-DNA

Hemoglobin

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Myoglobin

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Crambin

Lysozyme

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

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Muscle

Insulin Action

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Mycoplasma mycoides

Autophagy

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Zika Virus

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Measles Virus Proteins

Ebola Virus

HIV in Blood Plasma

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Nucleus

Blood