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Archive for May, 2012

May 30, 2012

ATP Synthase video

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:38 pm

Here is the link to the video I showed in class:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjdPTY1wHdQ

May 14, 2012

Dynein PDB Codes

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:45 am

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

New Idea–Flubber!

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:04 am

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 […]

Specific Protein

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:56 am

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

May 9, 2012

Tinkering on the theme of a sandwich

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:41 am

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 […]

May 7, 2012

Tinkering

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:31 am

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 […]

May 6, 2012

My project idea!

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:09 pm

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!

May 2, 2012

Protein Portraits are Pun!

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:30 am

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.  

May 1, 2012

Project Idea

Filed under: Student posts @ 12:10 pm

I love doing jigsaw puzzles so I decided that I would create a protein jigsaw puzzle. 

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