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The RCSB PDB's Molecule of the Month and related resources help promote a structural view of biology.  Visit the latest Molecule of the Month-related features at PDB-101, including:

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  • Toll-like Receptors (TLRs). November's Molecule of the Month feature explores TLRs and the innate immune system in honor of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The award was divided, one half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity and the other half to Ralph M. Steinman for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.

In his research, Beutler and colleagues discovered the role of a TLR that recognizes lipopolysaccharide. A downloadable flyer (PDF) highlights an example of this TLR structure using PDB IDs 3fxi and 2j67.  

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