Proteins are molecules that play important roles in virtually every activity in the body. They form hair and fingernails, carry oxygen in the blood, enable muscle movement and much more. This activity explores the importance of proteins and provides customized, colorful visuals of names using the 3D protein alphabet. To learn more about protein shapes, please visit the NIGMS-funded Protein Data Bank (PDB). [Simply enter your name below to see the proteins corresponding to each letter. If you click on a letter, a pop-up box will allow you to rotate the 3D image to view it from all sides.]
The protein alphabet letters were curated from the PDB by Mark Howarth, Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology [PDF], May 2015.
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