Protein Portraits

         The aesthetic alchemy of life

Archive for May, 2010

May 31, 2010

Aaaand finally…!

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:27 pm

Protein: ATP Synthase Artist: Valerie Mullen Imagine those lazy summer days ahead of you – nothing to do in a day but sip lemonade and sit in the garden reading. It seems as if you are expending a minimum amount of energy, but in truth your body is still producing massive quantities of ATP. In […]

May 26, 2010

Pectin Lyase Label

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:49 pm

Protein: Pectin Lyase Artist: Karen Hoagland You reach into the fruit bowl and pick up a juicy, bright red apple. You take a huge bite….yuck! A big rotten chunk of fruity flesh just spoiled your treat. Blame no other than pectin lyase, the protein that breaks down pectin in the middle lamella of that now-spoiled […]

Honors Weekly News

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:02 pm

So I noticed as I was reading the summary for the show that we wrote down the wrong date (oh no!). Wednesday is actually June 2nd, and not June 3rd. I figure we can just ask whoever sends out the honors updates to adjust that when they sound out next week’s email.

Ovalbumin Label

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:40 am

Protein: Ovalbumin Artist: Danika Kusuma The fluff of a marshmallow, the taste of a pretzel, the white of an egg omelet… To say that this egg protein is not all it’s cracked up to be would be something of an outrageous fib! This supposed storage protein has multifarious uses, one of which creates that slight […]

May 24, 2010

Harmonin Label

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:59 am

Protein: Harmonin Artist: Jason S. Lusk Of all the myriad functions of proteins, among the most crucial to our existence is the ability of certain proteins working in tandem to allow us to preceive our world.    Harmonin is one link in a chain of structures that allow us to perceive the sounds around us, from a beautiful chord played on […]

May 19, 2010

Pectin Lyase Presentation

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:44 am

Just a few links to better understand pectin lyase!

Links for clathrin presentation!

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:02 am

Vesicle Formation Video: Dynamin Animation:

May 18, 2010

Clathrin Label

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:41 pm

Protein: Clathrin Artist: Audrey Riesen You wouldn’t want to go out into the elements without the proper outerwear – and neither do the vesicles that carry cargo such as enzymes throughout the interior of the cell. These vesicles wear a coat of their own – a delicate and beautiful polyhedral lattice formed when numerous three-armed […]

Prion Label

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:35 pm

Protein: Prion Artist: Dan Cheung What’s the difference between a prion and a mystery box? The box. Prion (pronounced pre-on) is a protein found throughout the body, but its function to the organism is still a mystery to the scientific community. In their misfolded state, however, prions act like cults: They convert normal prions into […]

May 17, 2010

Label for Dronpa

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:10 am

Protein: Dronpa Artist: Thi Nguyen A careful balance between dark and light, dronpa can switch from a “bright” state and a “dark” state by switching the wavelength of light that is focused on it. It is named after a fusion of the Ninja term for vanishing, dron, and photoactivation, pa. This lovely protein fluoresces with […]

May 16, 2010

Alpha Helices in Unexpected Places

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:35 pm

I ran across these crazy kelp lamps created by artist Julia Lohmann when I was looking up images for an art project… pretty interesting. I don’t know if I would put it in my house, but still a cool idea. You can read a little more about her kelp constructs idea here:

Label for Dead Box Protein

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:06 am

Protein: Dead Box Protein 5 Artist: Callia Palioca Like a hand carefully untangling precious jewelry, the Dead Box Protein 5 unravels RNA strands. Found in many organisms and performing many functions, it primarily serves as an RNA helicase that enables the newly formed RNA strand after transcription to be functional. Here, as the protein opens […]

May 15, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 5:41 pm

Protein: Ubiquitin Artist: Minhazur Sarker Garbage: it’s all around us, even in our body! Ubiquitin is a special protein that functions to eliminate the proteins we do not need anymore.  A link, via a covalent attachment,  joins ubiquitin proteins together and when 4 are strung together, they move the garbage protein to a proteasome, which […]

May 14, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 6:53 pm

Protein: Calcitonin Artist: Nathan Forster Bones are a surprisingly dynamic part of an organism’s body in that it is constantly being torn down and built back up by the combined efforts of osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Calcitonin, a molecule produced by the thyroid gland, is the protein responsible for both calcium uptake and telling the osteoblasts […]

May 13, 2010

Talk about God’s Work of Art!

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:14 am
May 11, 2010

Venue problem…

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:44 pm

So I inquired about the MU glass cases yesterday, and I found that not only do you have to rent them out (as in paying…) but they’re booked a year out. So…MU is out. However, the lovely woman I talked to recommended we try LaSells, since they have glass display cases. What do you all […]

Paper protein models?

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:26 am

Remember how Pauling first modeled the alpha helix?  By discovering the optimum folding of a sheet of paper. Easy, if you know origami. Here’s a “when art meets science” video explanation from Robert Lang, a highly inventive sort of person… PS  The above two photos are clipped from a Washington Post article this morning entitled […]

May 10, 2010

Exhibit labels

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:55 pm

As agreed on Monday, let’s each post the labeling information for our portraits.  Try to have this done by Friday.  Here’s a template you can use, in italics: Protein:  Hemoglobin Artist:  Phil McFadden Take a breath… where did it go?  Hemoglobin, the vividly red oxygen-carrying protein of our blood, has carried it away to your […]

May 5, 2010

New protein!

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:34 am

The uncertainty and ambiguity of the structure of dystrophin has finally hit me as being impossibly hard to build. Abstract freedom with designing a protein that has yet to be fully figured out is scary. In conclusion, I decided to choose a new protein. Unfortunately, pikachurin‘s structure has yet to be discovered, and  so I […]

May 4, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 8:10 pm

Hi guys, So I was thinking, do you all want me to bring snacks to class from next Monday and on? I have a lot of money to spend on my dining dollars and would be willing to bring in McNary’s varieties of bagels one day with a bunch of cream cheese and then maybe […]

May 3, 2010

Proteins, gah…..Proteins, gah……Smoothies, YAY!!!!!

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:57 pm

Alright guys! So I checked up on the Bubble Tea/Smoothie place on Monroe and 14th. It opens at 11:30am on Wednesdays….this is a problem for sure. If somehow we are able to meet this (would mean we would hang out outside and then grab smoothies and be done) then its fine by me. But I […]

HIV protease, woof woof!

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:36 am

Perryman, et al (2005) labeled the enzyme as if it were a bulldog.

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