Featured structures

01 Oct 2018 Bordetella pertussis phage The enemies of our enemies

The image in our calendar for October shows a virus which can kill a bacterium. A bacterium that is responsible a disease which affects over 15 million people each year. What can we learn from viruses that attack our own attackers?

 

01 Sep 2018Lysenin pore structure depicted as artwork in the PDB art project Opening up a Wormhole

The image for September in our 2018 calendar depicts Lysenin, a molecular hole punch produced by garden earthworms.

Revealing Beautiful Biology

Earthworms produce lysenin as an immune mechanism. It helps protect the worm from infection by boring holes in the cell membrane of organisms pathogenic to the worm, causing the cell contents to leak out.

01 Aug 2018Batik of bacteria and tetracycline Understanding Antibiotics

Our calendar image for August focuses not on a protein, but on one of the thousands of small molecules in the Protein Data Bank. This particular molecule is vital in our continuing fight against infection and has a long forgotten history.

01 Jul 2018 Typhoid Mary and the Indestructible Bacterium

01 Jun 2018Artwork featuring dengue virus in bright colours Dengue Virus: A Trojan Horse of the Molecular World

The image for June in our 2018 calendar depicts the Dengue Virus (DENV). This virus is responsible for dengue fever, a disease found in low-income populations within tropical areas within Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

01 May 2018May featured structure artwork - actin-myosin filaments Stop motion: The muscular system

01 Apr 2018PDBe calendar image for April 2018. Zika virus as monomer and full viral capsid. Viruses: Engineering on the nanoscale

The image for April in our 2018 calendar depicts a single Zika virus protein in addition to the full Zika virus capsid. In this feature we discuss the transition between these two structures and demonstrate the beautiful simplicity of virus assembly.

13 Mar 2018Robot next to protein dimer Gin, with a twist

01 Mar 2018PDBe calendar image for March 2018. Bacterial pilus with PilT motor protein complex. A powerful little motor

The image for March in our 2018 calendar shows a pathogenic bacterium, the structures that enable it to interact with the environment, and the powerful molecular motor that drives those structures.

01 Feb 2018Poliovirus in intaglio print Polio- A resolution to eradicate

The near-eradication of poliomyelitis is one of the great success stories of modern medicine. The image in our 2018 calendar for February shows the virus which causes it, and highlights one of the amazing developments in modern structural biology.

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