Here is the link to the video I showed in class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjdPTY1wHdQ
Dynein is a motor protein complex involving many different proteins. Some PDB IDs for different sections of dynein are as follows: LC8/IC/TCTEX complex: 3FM7 IC/LC7 complex: 3L7H Heavy Chain(Legs): 3VKG
While I was working on my project this weekend, I came up with a new idea! Instead of myosin and actin I am now looking at EMILIN-1. This protein is responsible for the formation of elastic fiber. This gave me the idea to create a toy similar to silly putty, flubber! I used to love [...]
I’ve narrowed my protein choice down to 1JNV. It’s an ATP Synthase protein from E. Coli. http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/explore/explore.do?structureId=1JNV
In the CATH classification system, the “Mainly Beta” parent node (at the C level) has a child node known as “Sandwich” (at the A level) whose representative domain structures include over 18,000 known structures. That’s a lot of sandwiches. Looking through the numerous topological children nodes of Sandwich (at the T level), I notice three [...]
Why it is good to tinker (according to Francois Jacob) In 1977, Francois Jacob, fresh from his pioneering studies of gene transcription with Jacques Monod, delivered a stimulating lecture on the topic of Molecular and Evolutionary Tinkering at UC Berkeley (later published in Science magazine). Jacob pointed out how important it is in any type of design [...]
I was thinking of building a protein/proteins by folding paper into shapes like these http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/explore/explore.do?structureId=3S4G http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/explore/explore.do?structureId=4AED This origami structure is made up of flowers glued together. The virus looks like it has flowers embedded too!
I am going to make a series of 5 or so T-shirts with chemistry-cat style puns on them using common proteins that people who don’t know a ton about science will (hopefully) still get. I’ll include a simple line drawing of the structure on the shirt as well.