Life in Motion: More realistic look using protein conformations


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Outer membrane proteins (at top): OmpX and OmpG. Periplasmic proteins from left to right: Cytochrome c7, arsenate reductase, PpcA. Inner membrane is the methane monooxygenase with a methane monooxygenase regulatory factor beneath in the cytoplasm.

When I took biology in school, all the figures were boring and frozen. It wasn’t until I took biochemistry that I realized life isn’t stagnant. Everything within a living cell is constantly in motion. So, why not depict a figure showing that? The figure above is compiled of NMR structures of various proteins with each frame of the gif being a different confirmation or vibration from the available PDB file. Hope you enjoy!

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