Chosen Idea for Project

After much thought, I decided to choose cannabinoid receptor-1 (CR1). I was inspired by a nature artist named Andy Goldsworthy, who I believe many of you may know. He created many nature pieces, often dealing with rocks, leaves, and branches. With CR1, I felt it may be suitable to use nature products, such as leaves. As the protein structure includes several alpha helices, it is likely that the base will be metal wire.

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There are many studies that describe the presence of endogenous cannabinoid ligand (endocannabinoids) which activate CR1. Endocannabinoids may stimulate biological activities similar to that of plant-derived cannabinoids. The metal wire could represent endocannabinoids. Although they are not completely organic, they may represent humans, as they are a product of human construction. The leaves may wrap around the wire to represent the plant-derived ligand. In this way, the two are brought together to show that they can recognize the receptor and cause similar activities in the human body.

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