Molecule of the Month
July 2020

Myelin-associated Glycoprotein

Nerve axons are insulated and protected by a sheath of myelin

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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.


2020 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid Action

Thanks to all challenge participants, expert judges, teachers, parents, and voters who made this competition happen.

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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
Embedding Biomolecular Modeling in Elementary and Middle School Curriculum by Daniel Fried, Saint Peter’s University
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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.

Ribonuclease S

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Z-DNA

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Oxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin

A-DNA

Lysozyme (488)

Induced Lac Repressor

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Collagen

Hemoglobin (1000)

Cytochrome c

Myohemerythrin

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Lac Repressor

B-DNA

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Crambin

Lysozyme (512)

Myoglobin Fold

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Hemoglobin S

Carboxypeptidase A

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Deoxyhemoglobin

Trypsin

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Myoglobin

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

Chloroplast

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Ebola Virus

Influenza Vaccine

Poliovirus Neutralization

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Mycoplasma mycoides

Zika Virus

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Insulin Action

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Nucleus

Immunological Synapse

Coronavirus

Blood

HIV in Blood Plasma

Autophagy

Myelin

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Biosites: Muscle

Lipid Droplets

Escherichia coli

Measles Virus Proteins