News 2016
Season's Greetings
12/27/2016
Celebrate #NationalCrosswordDay with Sequence Events
12/20/2016
Cast Your Vizzies Vote For RCSB PDB
11/29/2016
PDB and RCSB PDB: Did You Know?
11/15/2016
Crossword Puzzle: Sequence Events
11/08/2016
Poster Prizes Awarded at 12th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation
11/01/2016
Color the Diverse 3D Shapes Studied by Crystallographers
10/25/2016
Access Irving Geis' Early Molecular Images in 3D
10/18/2016
How many structures are in the PDB archive?
10/14/2016
Fall Newsletter Published
10/11/2016
Structural Biology and Nobel Prizes
10/05/2016
Public Symposium: Aesthetics and the Life Sciences
09/27/2016
Take the PDB-101 Survey
09/19/2016
Poster Prize Awarded at ECM
09/13/2016
Head Back to School with PDB-101
09/06/2016
Activity: Quasisymmetry in Icosahedral Viruses
08/30/2016
200 Icosahedral Viruses from the PDB
08/23/2016
Color Molecular Machinery
08/16/2016
Poster Prize Awarded at ACA
08/09/2016
Molecule of the Month Reaches 200
08/02/2016
Poster Prize Awarded at ISMB
07/26/2016
Award-Winning Videos about Structural Biology and Diabetes
06/14/2016
National Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Event
06/13/2016
Vote Now for the Viewer's Choice Award
06/01/2016
Video Challenge Deadline: May 29
05/10/2016
New Insulin and Diabetes poster
04/26/2016
Join RCSB PDB and CCDC at Rutgers Day on April 30
04/26/2016
DNA Day 2016: April 25
04/22/2016
Molecular Origami: Build a 3D model of Zika virus
03/31/2016
RCSB PDB Highlighted at Wellcome Image Awards
03/15/2016
2016 High School Video Challenge: Structural Biology & Diabetes
02/27/2016
2016 Calendar: A Year in Protein-Drug Complexes
01/27/2016
New Curricular Modules for Teachers
01/05/2016
Resources for the Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Event at PDB-101 and MSOE
01/05/2016

Season's Greetings

12/27/2016

RCSB PDB News ImageImage of Carboxypeptidase A used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.

RCSB PDB's 2017 calendar highlights the work of Irving Geis (1908-1997), a gifted artist who helped illuminate the field of structural biology with his iconic images of DNA, hemoglobin, and other important macromolecules.

Through a collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which owns the Geis Archives, RCSB PDB has established a digital archive of Geis' molecular art. This resource displays many of Geis' illustrations in the context of the corresponding PDB structures and related molecular information. Through this archive, these images are available for download for noncommercial usage.

This calendar was created by Raheel Ahmad (Rutgers), Pamela Amechi (University of Maryland Baltimore Country), and Keyerra Daniels (Winthrop University) as part of a summer internship with RCSB PDB.

Download the calendar as a PDF or access these images and more from PDB-101's Geis Digital Archive.


Celebrate #NationalCrosswordDay with Sequence Events

12/20/2016

RCSB PDB News ImageSequence Events 21 Across: 2rh1 (MotM April ’08) and 1su4 (MotM April ’04)

Try your hand at a new Molecule of the Month-related crossword puzzle (HTML and PDF).

In this puzzle, certain clues refer to PDB structure IDs and Molecule of the Month articles. Answers will be published online on December 22 (the day after National Crossword Puzzle Day).

This puzzle was created by Charles Deber, a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. When not researching proteins, his hobbies include constructing crossword puzzles, many of which have been published in the New York Times and other newspapers.

The first 25 correctly-completed puzzles submitted to info@rcsb.org before December 22, 2016 will receive a copy of the 2017 Irving Geis Calendar.


Cast Your Vizzies Vote For RCSB PDB

11/29/2016

NSF and Popular Science host the Vizzies Visualization Competition to recognize some of the most illustrative and impactful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering.

Expert judges select a winner in five categories: Photography, Video, Illustration, Posters & Graphics and Interactive. People's Choice winners will be determined by public votes.

RCSB PDB visuals are in the running in two categories:

Illustration

RCSB PDB News ImageIllustration Entry Title: Zika Virus

In the Illustration category, vote for David Goodsell's watercolor of the Zika Virus featured in the Molecule of the Month.

Video

RCSB PDB News ImageStills from Video Entry: A Molecular View of HIV Therapy. Watch the full video at the Vizzies.

In the Video category, vote for Maria Voigt and David Goodsell's video A Molecular View of HIV Therapy.

Voting closes on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST, so cast your vote now.


PDB and RCSB PDB: Did You Know?

11/15/2016

Learn about what the PDB archive contains and the resources that RCSB PDB develops to enable breakthroughs in scientific inquiry, medicine, drug discover, technology, and education in the State of the RCSB PDB (PDF). This annual report for 2016 provides an overview of data deposition and annotation, data access, query and reporting, and outreach and education activities.

Learn about what the PDB archive contains and the resources that RCSB PDB develops to enable breakthroughs in scientific inquiry, medicine, drug discover, technology, and education.

RCSB PDB News Image

On the Front Cover: Insulin Action by David S. Goodsell. The paining depicts a 190 nanometer section of a human cell. The hormone insulin (yellow) is shown binding to the insulin receptor (green) thus activating a signaling cascade leading to glucose (white) being transported inside the cells to be used as energy, or to be stored as glycogen (purple). A new poster Insulin and Diabetes built around the painting can be downloaded at pdb101.rcsb.org.

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This bulletin is the most recent edition of RCSB PDB’s Annual Report, which has provided regular snapshot of RCSB PDB activities and the state of the PDB archive.


Crossword Puzzle: Sequence Events

11/08/2016

RCSB PDB News ImageSequence Events 21 Across: 2rh1 (MotM April ’08) and 1su4 (MotM April ’04)

Try your hand at a new Molecule of the Month-related crossword puzzle (HTML and PDF).

In this puzzle, certain clues refer to PDB structure IDs and Molecule of the Month articles. Answers will be published online on December 22 (the day after National Crossword Puzzle Day).

This puzzle was created by Charles Deber, a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. When not researching proteins, his hobbies include constructing crossword puzzles, many of which have been published in the New York Times and other newspapers.

The first 25 correctly-completed puzzles submitted to info@rcsb.org before December 22, 2016 will receive a copy of the 2017 Irving Geis Calendar.


Poster Prizes Awarded at 12th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation

11/01/2016

At the 12th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation (August 21 - 24, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory), three RCSB PDB Poster Prizes were awarded to:

RCSB PDB News ImageXimena Barros-Alvarez (University of Washington) for Structure guided approach in the design of inhibitors against pathogenic protozoa targeting aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases
RCSB PDB News ImageAvni Bhatt (University of Florida) for Structure activity relationships of benzenesulfonamide-based inhibitors towards carbonic anhydrase isoform specificity
RCSB PDB News ImageMike Thompson (UCSF) for Infrared Laser-Induced Temperature-Jump: A Universal Perturbation Method for Studying Protein Dynamics with Time-Resolved X-ray Scattering and Diffraction

Many thanks to the BSR organizers and judges. All 2016 awardees will be listed on the RCSB PDB website and will receive an educational book.


Color the Diverse 3D Shapes Studied by Crystallographers

10/25/2016

RCSB PDB News ImageThis coloring book illustrates the crystallographic pipeline.
RCSB PDB News ImageStructures from the CSD and PDB are highlighted.

Crystallography is the study of atomic and molecular structure. Crystallographers want to know how the atoms in a material are arranged in order to understand the relationship between atomic structure and properties of these materials. They work in many disciplines, including chemistry, geology, biology, materials science, metallurgy and physics. Crystallographers study diverse substances, from living cells to superconductors, from protein molecules to ceramics.

This book focuses on the diverse 3D shapes and functions of biological molecules studied by crystallography. Crystallographers make these 3D structure data publicly available in online resources like the Protein Data Bank and the Cambridge Structural Database. This broad access helps researchers, educators, and students around the world better understand biology and medicine.

Crystallographers also work together in strong communities. The American Crystallographic Association (ACA) is a non-profit, scientific organization that promotes interactions among scientists who study the structure of matter at atomic (or near atomic) resolution.

This coloring book was created with support from the ACA. Download the booklet or individual pages from PDB-101.

Bulk copies may be requested for use in outreach and education.


Access Irving Geis' Early Molecular Images in 3D

10/18/2016

RCSB PDB News ImageMyoglobin Fold (1987). Used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.
RCSB PDB News ImagePhoto by Sandy Geis

Irving Geis (October 18, 1908-July 22, 1997) was a gifted artist who helped illuminate the field of structural biology with his iconic images of DNA, hemoglobin, and other important macromolecules. To celebrate Irving Geis' birthday, we invite you to tour the Geis Digital Archive.

Through a collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which owns the Geis Archives, RCSB PDB has established a digital archive of Geis' molecular art. This resource displays many of Geis' illustrations in the context of the corresponding PDB structures and related molecular information. These images are also made available for download for noncommercial usage.

Under the direction of RCSB PDB team members, the Geis Digital Archive is being developed by undergraduates. Students created modern visualizations of the molecules featured in Geis' work, and researched the structures to provide background and supporting information about the illustrations. Alex Alvarado (University of Southern California) and Nicole Werpachowski (Fordham College at Lincoln Center) created the initial design of the resource as part of their Rutgers RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) experience. Their work was funded during the summer of 2015 by an NSF REU. Rutgers students Belle Lin (2015-2016) and Christopher Markosian (2015-2016) continued work on the project. In 2016, Raheel Ahmad (Rutgers), Pamela Amechi (University of Maryland Baltimore Country), and Keyerra Daniels (Winthrop University) expanded the archive as part of the Rutgers RiSE program.

Thanks to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for their work on this project. Questions about the HHMI Geis Archives should be sent to archives@hhmi.org.

RCSB PDB News ImageImage of Lysozyme by Irving Geis. Used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.
RCSB PDB News ImageImage of PDB ID 1LYZ can be launched in 3D using Jmol.
RCSB PDB News ImageAlex Alvarado, Sandy Geis (Irving's daughter), and Nicole Werpachowski
RCSB PDB News ImageBelle Lin and Christopher Markosian
RCSB PDB News ImageKeyerra Daniels, Raheel Ahmad, and Pamela Amechi


How many structures are in the PDB archive?

10/14/2016

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Since 1971, the Protein Data Bank archive (PDB) has served as the single repository of information about the 3D structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies. The Worldwide PDB (wwPDB) organization manages the PDB archive and ensures that the PDB is freely and publicly available to the global community. RCSB PDB is a US Data Center for the wwPDB.

The PDB archive is updated weekly. As of the latest update, the PDB archive contains 123,456 entries. Explore these structures:

This unusual milestone was highlighted by the CrossTalk blog at Cell Press.

RCSB PDB News ImageRCSB PDB celebrated this week's milestone with cake.


Fall Newsletter Published

10/11/2016

The Fall 2016 issue of the RCSB PDB Newsletter is now online. Learn about new website resources, access the new wwPDB Validation Server, and take the PDB-101 User Survey.

Read about the October 21 public symposium on Aesthetics and the Life Sciences.

In the Education Corner, Todd P. Silverstein (Willamette University) describes Myoglobin Structure and Function: A multi-week biochemistry laboratory project for undergraduates.

RCSB PDB's Newsletter is published and archived online.


Structural Biology and Nobel Prizes

10/05/2016

The Nobel Prize highlights achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. Since its inception, many awards have recognized achievements made in molecular biology, structural biology, and related research. Molecule of the Month articles offer a starting point to explore these Prizes.

A new Browse category displays the PDB-101 materials related to Nobel Prizes. The Structural Biology and Nobel Prizes page lists many of the Prizes award with links to corresponding Molecule of the Month articles.

RCSB PDB News ImageMyoglobin was the first protein visualized in 3D by X-ray crystallography, laying the foundation for a new era of biological understanding. For this discovery, John Kendrew and Max Perutz shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Public Symposium: Aesthetics and the Life Sciences

09/27/2016

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This free, public symposium will bring together scientists, performance and visual artists, educators, historians, and anthropologists to share their perspectives on the powerful intersection between the arts and the life sciences. Lunch will be provided for registered participants, but space is limited. Register now at artlifesci.rcsb.org.

The full schedule is available online.

A highlight will be an Animated Keynote performance presented by Dance Exchange. For over a decade, Dance Exchange has been immersed in art/science collaborations that have informed beautiful multi-media dance works for the stage, a range of thought provoking community engagement programming, and arts integrated education activities for people all ages.

Another highlight will be a panel discussion on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and education with Ruqqayya Maudoodi, Chair (Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers), George V. Berger (Impeller Studios and Game Design Methodology at Rutgers), Ryan Reedell (Makerspace, The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey), and Anne McKeown (Master Papermaker, Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers).

Closing Comments will be led by D. Graham Burnett (Department of History, Princeton University).

Featured Participants include Julia Buntaine (Innovator-in-Residence, Rutgers), Janet Iwasa (Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah), Natasha Myers (Department of Anthropology, York University), Jane Richardson (Department of Biochemistry, Duke University), Yvan Tina (The University of Aix-Marseille and The University of Texas at Dallas), Judith G. Voet (Department of Biochemistry, Swarthmore College), Donald Voet (Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania), Julian Voss-Andreae (Sculptor, Portland, OR), Alexander Wragge-Morley (Department of History, University College London).


Take the PDB-101 Survey

09/19/2016

Do you visit Molecule of the Month and PDB-101? Please take our brief survey to help us improve our services.

Enter to win a 2017 calendar featuring molecular illustrations by Irving Geis.

RCSB PDB News ImageGeis images used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.


Poster Prize Awarded at ECM

09/13/2016

At the 30th Meeting of the European Crystallographic Association (August 28-September 1, Basel Switzerland), the RCSB PDB Poster Prize was awarded to Angus Cowan for Structural and Functional Characterisation of Bok, a Pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 Effector Protein (Angus D. Cowan, Peter M. Colman, Peter E. Czabotar, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Department of Medical Biology, University of Melbourne, Australia).

Many thanks to the Poster Chair Bernhard Spingler (University of Zurich) and judges Eleanor Dodson (University of York) and Gerlind Sulzenbacher (AFMB/CNRS and Aiz Marseille University).

All 2016 awardees will be listed on the RCSB PDB website and will receive an educational book.

RCSB PDB News ImageAngus Cowan


Head Back to School with PDB-101

09/06/2016

PDB-101 is RCSB PDB’s online portal for teachers, students, and the general public that promotes exploration in the world of proteins and nucleic acids. Learning about the diverse shapes and functions of these biological macromolecules helps to understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease to biological energy.

This website ("101", as in an entry level course) presents introductory materials that introduce beginners to the structures of proteins and nucleic acids contained in the PDB archive. Resources for extended learning are also provided.

PDB-101 offers curricular materials, templates to create 3D paper models, Molecule of the Month articles, and other materials developed by RCSB PDB.

Users can search the website for related materials using molecule name or keyword. The Browse option can be used to explore available PDB-101 resources organized by topics such as the immune system and renewable energy.

PDB101.rcsb.org is updated with news and features regularly.

RCSB PDB News ImageAugust's feature on quasisymmetry was the 200th installment of Molecule of the Month. To celebrate, PDB-101 published a 3D paper model activity; the 200 Icosahedral Viruses from the PDB poster, and the Coloring Molecular Machinery coloring book.
RCSB PDB News ImageIrving Geis was a gifted artist who helped illuminate the field of structural biology with his iconic images of DNA, hemoglobin, and other important macromolecules. Through a collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which owns the Geis Archives, the RCSB PDB has established the Geis Digital Archive. This resource displays many of Geis' illustrations in the context of the corresponding PDB structures and related molecular information. Through this archive, these images will be available for download for noncommercial usage. Image used with permission from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (www.hhmi.org). All rights reserved.


Activity: Quasisymmetry in Icosahedral Viruses

08/30/2016

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August's feature on quasisymmetry is the 200th installment of Molecule of the Month.

This article is accompanied by a model-building activity.
RCSB PDB News ImageA coloring book and a virus-themed poster were also created to mark the milestone Molecule of the Month.


200 Icosahedral Viruses from the PDB

08/23/2016

August's feature on quasisymmetry is the 200th installment of Molecule of the Month.

In celebration, a new poster was created that displays 200 icosahedral viruses using a color scheme that indicates the number of protein chains in each capsid. The poster is available as a PDF download.

A coloring book and a quasisymmetry-themed paper model activity were also created to mark the milestone Molecule of the Month.

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Color Molecular Machinery

08/16/2016

Coloring Molecular Machinery: A Tour of the Protein Data Bank is a molecular coloring book for all artists.

Featured are selected highlights from the Molecule of the Month series, which published its 200th article this month.

These molecular canvases can be downloaded in a 28-page PDF or as individual pages.

Post completed images online with the hashtag #colormolecules, or send them to info@rcsb.org to be posted on RCSB PDB's Facebook page.

A new poster highlighting 200 Icosahedral Viruses from the PDB and a quasisymmetry-themed paper model activity were also created to mark the milestone Molecule of the Month.


Poster Prize Awarded at ACA

08/09/2016

At the American Crystallographic Association’s Annual Meeting (July 22-26, Denver, CO), the award went to Miguel Torres for Crystallographic Structures of Pavine N-methyltrasferase Complexes Reveal New Insights into Substrate Recognition and Catalytic Mechanism (Miguel Torres, Elesha Hoffarth, Luiz Eugenio, Juila Savtchouk, Xue Chen, Jeremy Morris, Peter Facchini, Kenneth Ng, University of Calgary).

Many thanks to the Poster Chair Illa Guzei (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and judges Marie Fraser (University of Calgary), Alexander Kintzer (University of California San Francisco) Janet Newman (CSIRO), and Jessica Vey (California State University Northridge).

All 2016 awardees will be listed on the RCSB PDB website and will receive an educational book.


Molecule of the Month Reaches 200

08/02/2016

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August's feature on quasisymmetry is the 200th installment of Molecule of the Month.

Since January 2000, this series has explored the structure and function of biomacromolecules from AAA+ Proteases to Zika Virus. Each installment includes an introduction to the structure and function of the molecule, a discussion of the relevance of the molecule to human health and welfare, and an interactive 3D view.

New features are published each month at RCSB PDB and PDB-101, with an archive of articles translated into Japanese available at PDBj. The full archive of articles provides a powerful tool for exploring biology.

Written and illustrated by David S. Goodsell, the Molecule of the Month has provided an easy introduction to the RCSB PDB for teachers and students around the world. Materials from the series have been used by many textbooks, magazine and journal articles, and other publications. His image of Ebola Virus Proteins was selected as the overall winner of the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards and highlighted by the FASEB BioArt Competition.

Several resources have been published at PDB-101 to help celebrate this milestone:

Use the accompanying Quasisymmetry in Icosahedral Viruses activity page to build 3D paper models of several viruses to explore how quasisymmetry builds capsids with different sizes.

In the poster 200 Icosahedral Viruses from the PDB (PDF), 200 icosahedral virus structures from the PDB are arranged and colored by the number of protein chains in each capsid.

The Coloring Molecular Machinery Coloring Book highlights a subset of the many diverse structures featured by Molecule of the Month articles over the years. Download the full book or individual pages to start to color. Post completed images online with the hashtag #colormolecules, or send them to info@rcsb.org to be posted on RCSB PDB's Facebook page.

Feature on Molecule of the Month creator David S. Goodsell from the Wellcome Collection.


Poster Prize Awarded at ISMB

07/26/2016

At the 2016 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) Conference in Orlando, Florida (July 8-12), the RCSB PDB Poster Prize went to Fan Zheng for Tertiary Structural Propensities Reveal Basic Sequence-Structure Relationships in Proteins (Fan Zheng, Jian Zhang, Gevorg Grigoryan, Dartmouth College).

Many thanks to Co-Chairs Iddo Friedberg (Iowa State University) and Casey Greene (University of Pennsylvania), the entire Posters Committee, and Steven Leard (ISMB).

All 2016 awardees will be listed on the RCSB PDB website and will receive an educational book.

RCSB PDB News ImageFan Zheng


Award-Winning Videos about Structural Biology and Diabetes

06/14/2016

For the third year in a row, the RCSB PDB invited high school students to create short videos that tell a molecular story. This year's challenge focused on sugar metabolism and its complications leading to diabetes. Visit the Video Challenge Awards page to watch the winning videos and learn about the judges.


National Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Event

06/13/2016

The National Science Olympiad Protein Modeling event was held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie WI, on May 21, 2016. The NJ team from West-Windsor Plainsboro HS won the Nationals. Congratulations!

The top 6 teams for Division C Protein Modeling were:

  • West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. North (NJ)
  • Boca Raton Community H.S. (FL)
  • Harriton H.S. (PA)
  • Seven Lakes H.S. (TX)
  • Mira Loma H.S. (CA)
  • Solon H.S. (OH)


Vote Now for the Viewer's Choice Award

06/01/2016

The RCSB PDB challenged high school students to create short videos that tell a story about structural biology and diabetes.

Voting for the Viewers Choice Award is now open until June 7th 12:59 EST. Award winners will be announced at PDB-101 and rcsb.org on June 14, 2016.

View the videos online, and then cast your vote for the Viewer's Choice Award.


Video Challenge Deadline: May 29

05/10/2016

For the third year, RCSB PDB is inviting high school students to create short videos that tell a molecular story of health and disease. This year’s focus is the structural view of sugar metabolism and its complications leading to diabetes. To get started, teams are encouraged to use PDB-101 materials related to diabetes and molecular visualization.

Videos may be submitted from March 8—May 29, 2016 for review by our esteemed panel of judges. Award winners will be announced on June 14, 2016.

Insulin in action: View of insulin (white oval) and and related signaling proteins in the cell.


New Insulin and Diabetes poster

04/26/2016

The new Insulin and Diabetes poster illustrates how structural biology has revealed the details of insulin signaling and how this knowledge is being used to create new and better treatments for diabetes.

Explore more resources and articles about insulin and diabetes using the PDB-101 Browser.


Join RCSB PDB and CCDC at Rutgers Day on April 30

04/26/2016

Join us for Rutgers Day, a one-day show-and-tell for the citizens of New Jersey. Rutgers Day offers performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and perennial favorites like Ag Field Day, the Engineering Open House, and the New Jersey Folk Festival. Come share in our Rutgers pride by exploring the university's research, education, and service.

In the Molecular Candy Lab (BLSA-302) RCSB PDB and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre will help you explore science at the molecular level by building DNA and other models with your favorite candy.

Rutgers Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Free Admission
Rain or Shine
Rutgers—New Brunswick


DNA Day 2016: April 25

04/22/2016

NHGRI's National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project and the discovery of DNA's double helix. It's also a day for students, teachers, and the public to learn more about genetics and genomics.

Celebrate by:

Build PDB-101's paper model of DNA.


Molecular Origami: Build a 3D model of Zika virus

03/31/2016

This week, the 3D structure of the Zika virus, determined by cryo-electron microscopy, was released in the PDB archive. Public availability of the Zika virus atomic coordinates to medical researchers worldwide will accelerate new antiviral drug and vaccine development.

Build a paper model of the Zika virus based on this new entry in this new PDB-101 activity.

PDB ID 5ire
The 3.8Å resolution cryo-EM structure of Zika virus
Devika Sirohi, Zhenguo Chen, Lei Sun, Thomas Klose, Theodore C. Pierson, Michael G. Rossmann, Richard J. Kuhn
Science (2016) doi: 10.1126/science.aaf5316


RCSB PDB Highlighted at Wellcome Image Awards

03/15/2016

Two RCSB PDB images have been highlighted with 2016 Wellcome Image Awards. David S. Goodsell's painting of Ebola Virus has been selected as the overall winner, with Maria Voigt's molecular animation of Clathrin also recognized with an award.

Goodsell's painting was created for his RCSB PDB Molecule of the Month article on Ebola Virus, and also turned into a related video. This intricate painting shows this tiny, notoriously lethal virus in minute detail, using the structural information available in the Protein Data Bank archive.

Voigt's Clathrin illustration is part of RCSB PDB's traveling Art of Science exhibit, which uses the context of a community art gallery to introduce new audiences to to the beauty of structural biology. This exhibit is currently on display at the FlexSchool in Fanwood, NJ.

These are two of the 20 winning images selected as the best in science image making from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on March 15, where the images are now on show to the public. Other award-winning images include pathways of nerve fiber in the brain, delicate golden scales on a Madagascan sunset moth and a digitally reconstructed skeleton showing atheroma, the "furring up" of arteries that supply blood to the brain which can cause stroke.

16 science centers, museums and galleries will be displaying the winning images in their own styles to spark imaginations everywhere. This year the images will also be appearing as far afield as the Africa Centre for Population Health in South Africa, the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The images are available to view on the Wellcome Image Awards website along with the stories behind the images and their creators. The images already feature in Wellcome Images collections, where they can be accessed and used along with more than 40,000 other contemporary biomedical and clinical images. The Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the collection for their outstanding work.

Ebola Virus, by David S. Goodsell. The virus is surrounded by a membrane (pink/purple) stolen from an infected cell. This is studded with proteins from the virus (turquoise) which extend outwards and look like trees rooted in the membrane. These proteins attach to the cells that the virus infects. A layer of proteins (blue) supports the membrane on the inside. Genetic information (RNA; yellow) is stored in a cylinder (nucleocapsid; green) in the centre of the virus. More at Molecule of the Month on Ebola Virus Proteins.

Clathrin, by Maria Voigt. Clathrin is a protein found in cells which forms basket- or cage-like structures around small membrane sacs. These clathrin cages help bring molecules into the cell and then carry them around inside from one place to another. They also help sort through the molecules (which can include receptors and nutrients) so that different cargo is efficiently delivered to different destinations. Some disease-causing germs and toxins hijack this process and use it to infect cells. More at Molecule of the Month on Clathrin.


2016 High School Video Challenge: Structural Biology & Diabetes

02/27/2016

For the third year, RCSB PDB inviting all high school students to create short videos that tell a molecular story of health and disease. This year’s focus is the structural view of sugar metabolism and its complications leading to diabetes. To get started, teams are encouraged to use PDB-101 materials related to diabetes and molecular visualization.

Videos may be submitted from March 8–May 29, 2016. Award winners will be announced on June 14, 2016.

For more information, sign up for the Video Challenge Monthly Newsletter or visit the challenge webpage.

Insulin in action: View of insulin (white oval) and and related signaling proteins in the cell.

Many resources are offered to help students get started, including a paper model of insulin.


2016 Calendar: A Year in Protein-Drug Complexes

01/27/2016

A new calendar highlighting protein-drug complexes in the PDB archive is available for download in PDF (4 MB) and PowerPoint (20 MB) formats. A few printed copies are available; please email info@rcsb.org to request a copy.


New Curricular Modules for Teachers

01/05/2016

Curricular modules are available for teachers interested in Biomolecular Structures and Models, Molecular Immunology, and a Molecular View of HIV/AIDS. Modules include authentic data from existing public resources, hands-on activities, teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions. A video tour is available.

If you would like to use, review and/or test the modules, please register at the website or write to us at sdutta@rcsb.rutgers.edu.


Resources for the Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Event at PDB-101 and MSOE

01/05/2016

Participating in 2016 Science Olympiad events? RCSB PDB and the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling have collaborated to develop protein modeling events focused on creating 3D models of proteins involved in the biosynthesis and subsequent signaling of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

Websites at PDB-101 and MSOE offer unique resources to help high school students prepare for competition. All the best to participating teams!


Past news and events have been reported at the RCSB PDB website and past Newsletters.