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.

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

DNA

Induced Lac Repressor

Trypsin

Lysozyme

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

A-DNA

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Hemoglobin

Lysozyme

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Z-DNA

Hemoglobin S

Crambin

Hemoglobin

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Oxyhemoglobin

Cytochrome c

Myoglobin Fold

Collagen

Lac Repressor

B-DNA

Myoglobin

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Deoxyhemoglobin

Carboxypeptidase A

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Ribonuclease S

Myohemerythrin

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

Ebola Virus

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Biosites: Muscle

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Nucleus

Autophagy

Measles Virus Proteins

HIV in Blood Plasma

Mycoplasma mycoides

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Insulin Action

Zika Virus

Blood