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Archive for May, 2017

May 16, 2017

Origami revolution

Filed under: 2017 posts @ 9:54 am

The original show has been taken down from the PBS/Nova site, but here’s a youtube capture. We’ll watch the first few minutes and then skip ahead to 20:30 where David Baker demonstrates some origami-like aspects of protein folding.

May 9, 2017

OMSI Exhibit — Must see!

Filed under: 2017 posts,Student posts @ 10:48 am

Raha is just back from visiting the Art of Brick exhibition at OMSI (in Portland).  Check it out!

May 4, 2017

Standalone 3D viewers for proteins

Filed under: 2017 posts,Student posts @ 10:18 am

The widely used pymol is available here. Highly recommended for adjusting your view as you work on your protein portraits projects.

Modeling Hemagglutinin

Filed under: 2017 posts,Student posts @ 9:30 am

The Protein: Hemagglutinin (HA), a protein involved in the viral infection process. Specifically, HA helps cells internalize the virus and eventually the viral RNA. Structure: Hemagglutinin is a trimeric transmembrane protein that extends from the surface of viruses. There are two types of chains in the enzyme, which we can call HA I and HA II. HA I (shown […]

May 3, 2017

Copper: Wilson’s Disease Protein or Hemocyanin

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:38 pm

Wilson’s disease is a rare disorder in which too much copper accumulates in your liver, brain or organs in general. The liver is not able to filter out copper properly. I would focus Wilson copper ATPase, also known as the Wilson’s Disease Protein. My medium would be copper wire, and I am thinking of making either […]

May 2, 2017

Let’s visit the Linus Pauling Collection

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:22 am

Chris Petersen will host a tour of the collection on Tuesday of Week 8 (May 23) at 10 am.  We’ll meet at the library 5th floor (Special Collections). Read about Pauling’s discovery of the alpha helix here.  

May 1, 2017

Filed under: 2017 posts @ 8:35 pm

I have found a protein that I might use for my protein portrait.  It is 1B5L an ovine protein.  I have also attached the image of myoglobin from the home page of the site.  It is this kind of representation of the structure that I will most likely be using.  As you can see the […]

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