Molecule of the Month
July 2022

Non-Homologous End Joining Supercomplexes

Lethal double-strand breaks in the DNA genome are repaired by NHEJ

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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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Learn: Materials for Exploration
PDB-101 resources and 3D structures of COVID-19 proteins.
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The RCSB PDB Curricula provide authentic, hands-on teaching materials, individual and group activities and assessment suggestions.
Education Corner: Using PDB Resources
Python Scripting for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology by Jessica A. Nash (MolSSI) and Paul A. Craig (Rochester Institute of Technology)
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.

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Hemoglobin S

Collagen

Lysozyme (488)

Hemoglobin (1000)

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Ribonuclease S

Myoglobin Fold

Myoglobin

Induced Lac Repressor

Lac Repressor

Hemoglobin

Z-DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

A-DNA

Trypsin

Deoxyhemoglobin

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Oxyhemoglobin

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Myohemerythrin

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

B-DNA

Cytochrome c

DNA

Lysozyme (512)

Carboxypeptidase A

Crambin

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

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

Respiratory Droplet

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling

Ebola Virus

Measles Virus Proteins

Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton

Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell

Biosites: Muscle

Influenza Vaccine

Coronavirus

SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine

Chloroplast

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Casein Micelle and Fat Globule in Milk

JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell

HIV in Blood Plasma

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

Zika Virus

Mycoplasma mycoides

Model of a Mycoplasma Cell

Blood

Immunological Synapse

SARS-CoV-2 Fusion

Poliovirus Neutralization

Collagen and Extracellular Matrix

Cellulose Synthase

Escherichia coli Bacterium

Escherichia coli

Myelin

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Transfer RNA and Gag Protein

Lipid Droplets

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Biosites: Nucleus

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Autophagy

Last Universal Common Ancestor

RecA and DNA

Insulin Action

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Abiogenesis

CytoSkeleton

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