Molecule of the Month
August 2020

Phytosulfokine Receptor

Phytosulfokine and other small peptides deliver signals about growth and development in plants.

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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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Winning Teams!

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Bothell High School
Bothell, WA

Jericho High School
Jericho, NY

The Bronx High School of Science
Bronx, NY

Loomis Chaffee School
Windsor, CT

West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South
West Windsor, NJ

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
A Secondary School Bioinformatics Workbook for Visualizing DNA, RNA and Proteins by Suzanne Duce, University of Dundee
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.

Lac Repressor

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Hemoglobin S

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Crambin

DNA

Myoglobin

Cytochrome c

Lysozyme (512)

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Lysozyme (488)

Hemoglobin (1000)

Oxyhemoglobin

B-DNA

Myohemerythrin

A-DNA

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Ribonuclease S

Collagen

Trypsin

Myoglobin Fold

Deoxyhemoglobin

Induced Lac Repressor

Hemoglobin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Z-DNA

Carboxypeptidase A

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

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

Influenza Vaccine

Biosites: Nucleus

Zika Virus

Ebola Virus

Measles Virus Proteins

Autophagy

Coronavirus

Poliovirus Neutralization

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Insulin Action

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Blood

Biosites: Muscle

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Escherichia coli

Chloroplast

Myelin

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Mycoplasma mycoides

Immunological Synapse

Lipid Droplets

HIV in Blood Plasma

Biosites: Cytoplasm