Molecule of the Month
December 2017

Biodegradable Plastic

Bacteria build biodegradable plastic that could be better for the environment

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3D View:  5T6O

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Health Focus: Diabetes

Glucose is transported through the blood, powering cells throughout the body. However, if the level of glucose gets too high, it can cause the chronic problems associated with diabetes mellitus. Atomic structures have revealed how glucose levels are regulated in the body and are providing new hope for combating the disease. To learn more, browse PDB-101 resources related to diabetes.

2017 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular View of Diabetes Treatment and Management

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners! Many thanks to the expert scientists, students, teachers, parents, and voters who made this exciting competition happen.

2017 Winners
Judge's Award, 1st Place
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ
Judge's Award, 2nd Place
East Brunswick High School, NJ
Judge's Award, 3rd Place
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ
Viewer's Choice
Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY
Learn: Materials for Exploration
Video: How Enzymes Work

Learn why the proteins called enzymes are essential to life on earth, and observe an example catalysis mechanism.

Teach: Curricula
The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
Geis Digital Archive
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.

DNA

Lysozyme

Lysozyme

Oxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin

Z-DNA

Collagen

Cytochrome c

Lac Repressor

Myohemerythrin

Hemoglobin S

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

B-DNA

Myoglobin Fold

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Crambin

Carboxypeptidase A

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Induced Lac Repressor

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

A-DNA

Hemoglobin

Ribonuclease S

Myoglobin

Deoxyhemoglobin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)