Molecule of the Month
February 2023

SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid and Home Tests

Home test kits for SARS-CoV-2 test for the presence of nucleocapsid, the protein that packages the viral genome in infectious virions.

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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.


2023 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms of Targeted Cancer Therapies

RCSB PDB invites all high school students to tell a two-minute story that combines structural Biology and Public Health. Videos can be submited between January 17 and April 24, 2023.

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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
Learn about Animating Photosynthesis from artist Chris FitzGerald
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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.

TATA-Binding Protein (TBP)

Deoxyhemoglobin

Carboxypeptidase A

Lysozyme (512)

B-DNA

Trypsin

Ribonuclease S

Collagen

Lysozyme (488)

Z-DNA

Hemoglobin (1000)

Cytochrome c (unbound)

Myoglobin

Intermolecular Contacts in Hemoglobin S

DPG-Hemoglobin Complex

Transfer Ribonucleic Acid (tRNA)

Aspartate Transcarbamoylase (ATCase)

Induced Lac Repressor

DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Oxyhemoglobin

Crambin

Lac Repressor

Hemoglobin

Cytochrome c

Myohemerythrin

A-DNA

Immunoglobulin G (IgG)

Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (TBSV)

Hemoglobin S

Myoglobin Fold

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

JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell

SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine

Phage-based COVID-19 Vaccine

Biosites: Blood Plasma

Coronavirus

Autophagy

Ebola Virus

Chloroplast

Blood

Mycoplasma mycoides

RecA and DNA

Cellulose Synthase

Measles Virus Proteins

Caulobacter Polar Microdomain

Poliovirus Neutralization

HIV-Infected Cell

Abiogenesis

Insulin Release

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling

Biosites: Nucleus

Escherichia coli Bacterium

Biosites: Red Blood Cell

Collagen and Extracellular Matrix

HIV Vaccine

Casein Micelle and Fat Globule in Milk

Biosites: Basement Membrane

Biosites: Cytoplasm

Lipid Droplets

Model of a Mycoplasma Cell

Immunological Synapse

Zika Virus

Coronavirus Life Cycle

Last Universal Common Ancestor

SARS-CoV-2 Fusion

Influenza Vaccine

CytoSkeleton

HIV in Blood Plasma

SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies

Insulin Action

Transfer RNA and Gag Protein

Biosites: Muscle

Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses

Myelin

Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell

Respiratory Droplet

Escherichia coli

Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton

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