Molecule of the Month
June 2018

Proteins and Nanoparticles

Nanotech scientists are designing new ways to combine proteins and nanoparticles

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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.


2018 Video Challenge for High School Students

Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Beta-lactam Antibiotics

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners! Many thanks to the expert judges, students, teachers, parents, and voters who made this exciting competition happen.

2018 Winners
Judge's Award, 1st Place
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ
Judge's Award, 2nd Place
Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY
Judge's Award, 3rd Place
Mira Mesa Senior HS, San Diego, CA
Viewer's Choice
Jericho High School, Jericho, 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
Creating sculptural models of proteins in a high-school engineering class by Keagan O’Mara (Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School)
Geis Digital Archive
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.

A-DNA

DNA

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Lysozyme

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Collagen

Hemoglobin

Crambin

Oxyhemoglobin

Lac Repressor

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Trypsin

Cytochrome c

Myohemerythrin

Z-DNA

Hemoglobin S

Lysozyme

Induced Lac Repressor

Myoglobin

Hemoglobin

Ribonuclease S

Myoglobin Fold

Carboxypeptidase A

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

B-DNA

Deoxyhemoglobin

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)