World AIDS Day: December 1
World AIDS Day, observed each year on December 1, raises awareness of
the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. The theme for
2012 is Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.
To learn more, visit www.worldaidsday.org and aids.gov.
Structural biologists have been actively studying HIV-related proteins and drugs. Since 1987, the NIH has sponsored annual meetings to discuss the progress made in this field. In 2011, a poster (and related animation) was created to commemorate the NIGMS's 25th Annual Meeting of the Groups Studying the Structures of AIDS-Related Systems and Their Application to Targeted Drug Design. The poster, available for download from PDB-101, highlights the examples of the structural proteins, viral enzymes, and accessory proteins of HIV that are available in the PDB archive.
HIV protease is one of the most frequently-deposited proteins, with almost 500 entries currently in the archive. Around half of these entries are bound to a drug or inhibitor.