Molecular Origami: Build 3D Paper Models of Protein Domains

06/04 PDB101 News

Proteins are polymers of amino acids. The secondary structure elements are beta sheets, alpha helices and loops. These elements are arranged in 3D space creating the environment for the protein or protein domain to fulfill its function.

As more and more 3D shapes became known, researchers noticed patterns in the folding of whole proteins or protein domains.

Visit PDB-101 to download printable alpha helices and beta strand templates for hands-on exploration of many protein folding domains found in the PDB, including the TIM Barrel/Alpha-Beta Barrel, Beta Sandwich/Nanobody, and ABA Sandwich/Rossman Fold.

PDB-101's collection of paper model templates also includes GFP, tRNA, viruses, and more.

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