JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell
Insulin Release
HIV Vaccine
Escherichia coli Bacterium
Cellulose Synthase
Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell
Collagen and Extracellular Matrix
Transfer RNA and Gag Protein
RecA and DNA
Casein Micelle and Fat Globule in Milk
Model of a Mycoplasma Cell
Phage-based COVID-19 Vaccine
Immunological Synapse
Coronavirus Life Cycle
Respiratory Droplet
SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies
SARS-CoV-2 Fusion
SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine
Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton
Measles Virus Proteins
Lipid Droplets
Poliovirus Neutralization
Influenza Vaccine
Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses
Last Universal Common Ancestor
Zika Virus
Insulin Action
Ebola Virus
Mycoplasma mycoides
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling
Biosites: Basement Membrane
Biosites: Red Blood Cell
Biosites: Blood Plasma
Biosites: Cytoplasm
Biosites: Muscle
Biosites: Nucleus
HIV in Blood Plasma
Escherichia coli

Molecular Landscapes by David S. Goodsell

CytoSkeleton, 2021

Acknowledgement: Illustration by David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank. doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-036

This painting is a conceptual image of the cytoplasm of a human cell. Three types of cytoskeletal filaments are shown: (A) actin, (B) intermediate filament, and (C) microtubule. The end of one actin filament is being extended with the help of (D) formin, and other filaments have (E) capping protein at their ends. Junctions linking actin filaments are formed by (F) Arp2/3, and actin and the intermediate filament are linked by (G) plectin. The soluble biomolecules filling the spaces around the cytoskeletal filaments include the 100 most abundant proteins from a quantitative proteomics study (reference 8 below). Several features represent substantial changes from previous paintings: (H) ribosome structures include long RNA expansion segments and intrinsically-disordered stalk proteins that recruit tRNA and elongation factors, and (I) nine aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases are associated into a large multi-tRNA-synthetase complex.

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