Bringing Structure to Biology
|01 Apr 2021||
Glutamate receptors and epilepsy
Epilepsy, a burden for many
|05 Mar 2021||
The amazing spider silk
Spider silk is an incredibly strong and versatile material, both sturdy - it is five times stronger by weight than steel - and elastic - it can be stretched 2-4 times its original length without breaking. Spider silk threads usually measure just a few microns in diameter, making them even thinner than a human hair, yet they are waterproof and able to keep their strength below -40°C.
|01 Feb 2021||
Protecting us… even in our tears…
We are still making discoveries about lysozyme and its many roles in the arms-race between our body’s defences and bacterial invaders.
|01 Jan 2021||
Things are always better when we work together - and the same can be said even for microscopic organisms. Our featured structure for January 2021 discusses these tiny communities, and the proteins that help bring them together.
A microscopic community
|01 Dec 2020||
The Human Papillomavirus
The unseen battle
The structure that inspired December's image in our 2020 calendar is that of the whole Human Papillomavirus viral capsid. Whilst most people will experience a harmless HPV infection during their life, for some the consequences can be fatal.
|01 Oct 2020||
Depression and neurotransmitters
Depression, a common mental disorder
While a depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events, a symptom of some physical diseases, or sometimes a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments, depression is a common mental disorder characterized by a persistent sadness and lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities. According to the World Health Organization, depression is a leading cause of disability around the world, and its effects can be long-lasting, dramatically affecting a person’s ability to live a rewarding life.
|01 Sep 2020||
The blood protein
The images for September in our 2020 PDBe calendar are inspired by a protein that flows through our veins and arteries, transporting the the most vital molecule we need to survive and thrive.
|01 Aug 2020||
The protein factory
The artwork for August in our 2020 PDBe calendar is inspired by the cell’s protein making machines called ribosomes. Ribosomes are highly complex and crucial structures in the cell that fulfil the vital role of protein synthesis.
The cell’s protein factory
|01 Jul 2020||
Sex differentiation: more than XX or XY
The artwork for July in our PDBe 2020 calendar is inspired by a protein that’s vital for the determination of sex in mammals. One small interaction between this protein and DNA can determine whether an embryo develops as male or female.
|01 Jun 2020||
June’s artwork represents the structure of the key enzyme in bioluminescence and brings light into our 2020 calendar.