Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Mind-altering molecules

It's been a few years between structures.  Although this one is not earth-shattering (i'm sensing a pattern here), its still nice to be back in crystal structure world.  Fun locking horns with those pesky phi/psi torsion angles again, and with a pair of cis-peptides thrown in for good measure.

peptide backbone in place

...and with side-chain decorations


  1. It looks like a giant 'formation' of parachutists (that is the correct collective noun, I gather). The world record for parachutists in formation is 100, and they made a diamond pattern, too. Langles' formation shows something that I don't pretend to understand ... Now, as for decals of wombats, well, that's a whole different thing.

  2. I like the analogy, although given the almost random wanderings of the peptide backbone in 3D space this equates to a parachutist catastrophe in the making. But the number is almost spot on (107 aa). Will hopefully trial decal placement and finishing this w/e.

  3. So Dave, what on earth do you call it? And is it available as a children's puzzle? Ben