New Video: Penicillin and Antibiotic Resistance
Since its discovery in 1928, penicillin and penicillin-related antibiotics helped save countless lives from bacterial infections. However, in the face of overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacteria evolved resistance mechanisms that allow them to proliferate even in the presence of the newest antibiotics.
Superbugs! How Bacteria Evolve Resistance to Antibiotics
Antibiotics are one of the miracles of modern medicine, allowing us to fight infection by pathogenic bacteria. Antibiotics attack essential molecular machines in bacteria, stopping or slowing their action and ultimately killing the cell.
Superbugs such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), have found ways to evade almost all current antibiotics.
Join Our Team as a Biocurator
RCSB PDB is looking for a Biochemical Information & Annotation Specialist to join the RCSB PDB team at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The Challenge: Curate, validate, and standardize macromolecular structures from the PDB community. Participate in exciting projects with significant impact on the scientific community. This is a unique opportunity to engage in leading edge research, development, and outreach activities of the RCSB PDB with worldwide impact.
New Online Curriculum: The PDB Pipeline & Data Archiving
Drawing from their collective knowledge as structural biologists, data scientists, educators, developers and managers of data resources, the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) team has created an open access, modular educational curriculum covering concepts, approaches and requirements for developing and managing the data pipeline for a curated public archive of biological experimental data. The online curriculum, available as part of the RCSB PDB-101 education website and also accessible directly via edsb.rcsb.org, makes best practices recommendations for data resource development and management. The intended audience includes scientists, who can use the materials for self-instruction, as well as librarians and information specialists, who can use the materials to develop training services for students, scientists, and staff. In addition, the curriculum is intended to help accelerate development of new data archives for experimental methods used in Integrative Structural Biology. The curriculum is composed of eight modules that can be studied separately or as a complete online course. Materials include professionally produced videos, powerpoint slides, and exercises that guide students step-by-step to design, create, and query their own data archive. This education development project was funded by National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine as part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative (R25 LM012286).
Education Corner: Improving Visual Literacy
In the Education Corner, Kristen Procko and the BioMolViz Group describe their efforts in Creating Accessible Tools for Molecular Visualization Instruction that are the result of workshops held with broader community of biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology educators.
Other newsletter articles in this issue include 2018 milestones and publications, improved support for XFEL/SFX structures, new PDB-101 resources for exploring Molecular Evolution and Antimicrobial Resistance, and more.
Winter Newsletter Published
This issue reviews 2018 milestones and publications, improved support for XFEL/SFX structures, new PDB-101 resources for exploring Molecular Evolution and Antimicrobial Resistance, and more.
2018 FASEB BioArt Winner
PDB-101's video animation of the calcium pump moving ions across a cell membrane was among the 2018 Winners of FASEB's BioArt Competition. This year’s 10 winning images and three videos represent a wide range of biomedical research, from a Human Hand Showing Carpal Tunnel Tendons and Palm Muscles to a Video of Arabidopsis flowers forming at tip of stem.
The Calcium Pump animation is an excerpt from the introductory What is a Protein? video (also the subject of the 2019 calendar). PDB-101 hosts a collection of videos and animations on a variety of topics.
2019: What is a protein?
Proteins play vital roles in all living organisms. Their specific amino acid sequences give proteins their distinct shapes and chemical characteristics. Proteins rely on the recognition of specific 3D molecular shapes to function correctly for DEFENSE, TRANSPORT, ENZYMES, STRUCTURE, STORAGE, and COMMUNICATION.