Molecule of the Month
July 2019

AMPA Receptor

Receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate in our brain come in several shapes and sizes.

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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

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

Congratulations to the 2019 Winners!

Winner, First Place

Mira Mesa High School,
San Diego, CA

Winner, Second

The Quarry Lane School,
Dublin, CA

Winner, Third

Stuyvesant High School,
New York, NY

Winner, Viewers Choice

Rye Country Day School,
Rye, NY

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
How Does Life Work? Creating Scientific Explanations in Stained Glass by Joel Kowit
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.

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Hemoglobin

Collagen

Lysozyme

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

B-DNA

Cytochrome c

Lac Repressor

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Oxyhemoglobin

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Trypsin

Z-DNA

Myohemerythrin

Lysozyme

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Carboxypeptidase A

Ribonuclease S

Crambin

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Deoxyhemoglobin

DNA

Myoglobin

Induced Lac Repressor

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Hemoglobin

Hemoglobin S

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

A-DNA

Myoglobin Fold

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

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Ebola Virus

HIV in Blood Plasma

Autophagy

Mycoplasma mycoides

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Escherichia coli

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Measles Virus Proteins

Blood

Biosites: Muscle

Insulin Action

Zika Virus

Biosites: Nucleus