Beautiful Brain Collection

Sodium channel

The Beautiful Brain structure collection accompanies the traveling art exhibit:  The Beautiful Brain:  Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal.  This exhibit will be at the Weisman Art Museum, at the University of Minnesota, between Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 and Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Neuroscience draws heavily on art.  Santiago Ramón y Cajal was both a neuroscientist and an artist who drew pictures of the brain.  Today, neuroscientists use many tools for visualizing nerve cells and transmitters, including the Molecule World iPad and iPhone apps.  Biologists can learn about protein functions by using coloring and drawing styles to draw attention to chemical and physical properties.  This collection of molecules contains receptors that convey information to our cells about the outside world.   Try coloring by secondary structure and charge to see where these proteins fit into the cell membrane.   

Structures in the collection

Type Description Download structure
An MW Collection

Receptors for sodium, potassium, and amino acids. Download the entire collection at once by selecting the MWC file.

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Sodium channel

Crystal Structure of the Navab Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel (Wild Type) 3.2A

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Potassium channel from a Rat

Crystal Structure of Kv1.2-2.1 Paddle Chimera Channel in Complex with Lys27met Mutant Of Charybdotoxin

Binary Data mmdb_4JTD.cn3

Potassium Channel from Bacteria

Potassium Channel (Kcsa) from Streptomyces Lividans

Binary Data mmdb_1BL8.cn3

Amino Acid Receptor / Ion Channel

Crystal Structure of Glun1a/glun2b Nmda Receptor Ion Channel

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