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"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin
"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin

"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin Copper, Steel - 9"x9"x16" 2011 The meandering path of the metal ribbon closely follows the fold and thus the internal structure of Ubiquitin. It features all of the major structural elements of typical proteins, including two alpha helices and a curved beta sheet. Its small size (76 amino acids) makes it one of the most studied proteins for protein folding and dynamics.

KcsA Potassium Channel
KcsA Potassium Channel

KcsA Potassium Channel Copper, Steel - 14"x14"x20", 2011. The KcsA is an archetypal membrane protein with eight tightly packed membrane-spanning a-helices. The four short helices in the center where the chain crosses half the membrane and then returns to the top are a more unusual feature.

KcsA Potassium Channel closeup
KcsA Potassium Channel closeup

KcsA Potassium Channel Copper, Steel - 14"x14"x20", 2011. The KcsA is an archetypal membrane protein with eight tightly packed membrane-spanning a-helices. The four short helices in the center where the chain crosses half the membrane and then returns to the top are a more unusual feature.

Bacterial Porin
Bacterial Porin

Copper, Steel, Wenge Wood -12"x12"x24" 2012 - Currently at Hutchinson Cancer Institute, Seattle The boundary of cellular life, which delineates the living chemistry from its surroundings, was among the most important fundamental inventions of evolution eons ago. Protein channels span these molecular castle walls and regulate the diffusional traffic of molecules trying to enter or leave the cell. One class of these molecular gatekeepers are the Porins.

Savior (IgG)
Savior (IgG)

Savior (IgG) Copper, Steel, Gold/Chrome plating - 56"x50"x18" 2013 - Hutchinson Institute. Also known as Immunoglobulin, this pronged, Y-shaped protein structure is capable of binding, blocking and neutralizing foreign objects such as as bacteria or viruses. The two tips of the Y have special patches which can tightly recognize and bind a target.

"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin
"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin

"Angel of Death" - Ubiquitin Copper, Steel - 9"x9"x16" 2011 The meandering path of the metal ribbon closely follows the fold and thus the internal structure of Ubiquitin. It features all of the major structural elements of typical proteins, including two alpha helices and a curved beta sheet. Its small size (76 amino acids) makes it one of the most studied proteins for protein folding and dynamics.