Molecule of the Month
July 2021

Designed Proteins and Citizen Science

What if people with no formal experience in science could help to improve or even rewrite nature, simply by playing a game?

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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.


2021 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms of Drugs for Mental Disorders

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

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

Winner, First Place Winner, Second Winner, Third Winner, Viewers Choice

Peninsula Liberty Academy Team
San Carlos, CA

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Team
West Windsor, NJ

East Brunswick High School Team
East Brunswick, NJ

Jericho High School Team
Jericho, NY

Celebrating 50 Years of Protein Data Bank
Celebrating 50 Years of Protein Data Bank

In 1971, the structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data–-the Protein Data Bank (PDB). In 2021, RCSB PDB and wwPDB are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the PDB with symposia, materials, and more.

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
Expanding Online Educational Resources at the CCDC by Yinka Olatunji-Ojo, CCDC
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.

Myoglobin Fold

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Crambin

Hemoglobin S

Cytochrome c

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

B-DNA

Carboxypeptidase A

Induced Lac Repressor

Lac Repressor

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Lysozyme (488)

Myoglobin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Lysozyme (512)

Myohemerythrin

Trypsin

Deoxyhemoglobin

Z-DNA

Oxyhemoglobin

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Ribonuclease S

A-DNA

Hemoglobin (1000)

Collagen

DNA

Hemoglobin

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

Immunological Synapse

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Influenza Vaccine

Chloroplast

Zika Virus

Coronavirus

Insulin Action

Mycoplasma mycoides

Poliovirus Neutralization

Biosites: Nucleus

Ebola Virus

Measles Virus Proteins

Escherichia coli Bacterium

Cellulose Synthase

Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell

Lipid Droplets

HIV in Blood Plasma

Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton

Escherichia coli

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine

Autophagy

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

SARS-CoV-2 Fusion

Collagen and Extracellular Matrix

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Muscle

Blood

Myelin

Respiratory Droplet

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

Biosites: Cytoplasm