Protein Portraits






         The aesthetic alchemy of life

Weeks 7 thru 10

  • We will continue to discuss the protein projects we are all working on (perhaps at a rate of about three projects per lecture day).  Be prepared to talk about the science and the art of your chosen protein (see table below).
  • Let’s continue to trade ideas about the constructive side of creating an art project.  We will share hints and ideas from the materials side.
  • We will make plans for our end-of-term show.
  • On Tuesday May 23 we will visit the Linus Pauling Special Collection at the Valley Library.

 

Protein (PDB ID)

Artist

Function, action, and other highlights

Protein domain(s) and notable structural features

Artistic medium

Antifreeze proteins

Ally

 Very chill

Gummy fish

Aquaporin (3D9S)

Brendan

Pool noodles

Hemocyanin (1NOL)

Aparna

 Oxygen transport  Copper binding of O2 Copper wire

 

Alpha helices in a reproduction regulator (1B5L)

Emma

Sheep!

Wool

Ceruloplasmin (4ENZ)

Karissa

 Copper transport  Copper jewelry (and patina)

 

Green fluorescent protein (1GFL)

Nikita

 Chromophore involves specialized amino acid chemistry

Hemagluttinin (1RUZ)

Raha

 Viral interaction with target cell  Conformational change  Tissue flowers

Monoamine oxidase

Sushumna

 Mood and personality  Cosmetic variation

Dynein

Tymothy

 Molecular walking mechanism  Various
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