Molecule of the Month
June 2023

Odorant Receptors

Our sense of smell relies on odorant receptors that recognize specific scents.

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Health Focus: Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

Cells in our bodies are carefully regulated so that they divide, grow, and die according to the best plan for keeping us alive. When they lose these controls, they can grow into deadly cancers. Atomic structures have revealed how cell growth is normally controlled, and how cancer cells circumvent these essential controls. Explore PDB-101 Resources to learn about proteins related to cancer biology and therapeutics.


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Molecular Mechanisms of Targeted Cancer Therapies

Thanks to all challenge participants, expert judges, teachers, parents, and voters who made this competition happen.

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Ribonuclease S

DNA

Lysozyme (488)

Oxyhemoglobin

Collagen

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Crambin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Lac Repressor

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

A-DNA

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Cytochrome c

B-DNA

Myoglobin Fold

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Hemoglobin (1000)

Hemoglobin

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Lysozyme (512)

Induced Lac Repressor

Myoglobin

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Z-DNA

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Myohemerythrin

Carboxypeptidase A

Deoxyhemoglobin

Hemoglobin S

Trypsin

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.

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HIV Vaccine

SARS-CoV-2 Fusion

HIV-Infected Cell

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Model of a Mycoplasma Cell

Coronavirus Life Cycle

JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Chloroplast

Escherichia coli Bacterium

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

HIV in Blood Plasma

Phage-based COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus

Escherichia coli

Blood

RecA and DNA

Biosites: Nucleus

Abiogenesis

Autophagy

CytoSkeleton

Immunological Synapse

Insulin Release

Poliovirus Neutralization

Myelin

Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton

Influenza Vaccine

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Casein Micelle and Fat Globule in Milk

Lipid Droplets

Collagen and Extracellular Matrix

Last Universal Common Ancestor

Mycoplasma mycoides

Transfer RNA and Gag Protein

Measles Virus Proteins

Ebola Virus

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell

Zika Virus

Caulobacter Polar Microdomain

Cellulose Synthase

Insulin Action

SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine

Biosites: Muscle

Respiratory Droplet