heptameric SAP-like pentraxin (a.k.a. The Cheerio)

Jonathan, Stephanie, and Austin discovered this protein (known as “The Cheerio”) in mid summer 2010 during the Skills for Success Workshop. This protein (3FLP) made of two stacked cyclic molecular aggregations (CMA), with each CMA having either 7 or 8 domains, depending on the organism in which it is found. 3FLP is classified as a sugar binding protein and is an important effector protein of the hemolymph immune system.

This animated GIF was created using PyMol’s Save Movie As > Image and GIFFun. The spectrum of colors was used to help distinguish the individual domains of the protein. Using a surface makes it easier to view the protein as a cheerio.


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