About the Molecular Machinery Viewer
This interactive view of molecular machinery in the PDB archive lets users select a structure, access a 3D view of the entry using the NGL Viewer, read a brief summary of the molecule’s biological role, and access the corresponding PDB entry and Molecule of the Month column.
Clicking the "Auto" button launches an automated tour of the structures. Each structure will be highlighted and the 3D view will cycle thru a sequence of style and color changes.
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Authors: David S. Goodsell, Alexander Rose, Maria Voigt, Rob Lowe
About the Protein Data Bank archive
Cells build many complex molecular machines that perform the biological jobs needed for life. Some of these machines are molecular scissors that cut food into digestible pieces. Others then use these pieces to build new molecules when cells grow or tissues need to be repaired. Some molecular machines form sturdy beams that support cells, and others are motors that use energy to crawl along these beams. Some recognize attackers and mobilize defenses against infection.
Researchers around the world are studying these molecules at the atomic level. These 3D structures are freely available at the Protein Data Bank (PDB), the central storehouse of biomolecular structures. A few examples from the ~100,000 structures held in the PDB are shown here with each atom represented as a small sphere. The enormous range of molecular sizes is illustrated here, from the water molecule (H2O) with only three atoms to the ribosomal subunits with hundreds of thousands of atoms.