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3D Print: Alpha-amylase

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3D Model Information

Alpha-amylase 3D model view
PDB structure used to generate the model file: 1ppi

Model generated with: Molecular Maya/Autodesk Maya

Model physical size (in mm): 53.9 x 81.4 x 61.8

Download 3D Print File (.stl)

Sample print

Alpha-amylase with Supports
Alpha-amylase Model Size

Printed on: Ultimaker S3

Model material: PLA

Support material: PVA (water soluble)

Output scale: 100%

3D Print and Structural Features of Alpha-amylase

Alpha-amylase model

Image 1

Alpha-amylase model

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Alpha-amylase model

Image 3

Alpha-amylase is a small enzyme found in saliva (produced by the salivary glands - encoded by genes AMY1A, AMY1B, and AMY1C) and small intestine (produced in the pancreas - encoded by the gene AMY2A). The enzyme starts the digestion of starches by cleaving the long carbohydrate chains into maltose and dextrin).

This printed model can be used to demonstrate how the substrate interacts with the enzyme’s active site (Image 1).

The carbohydrate chain was modeled by threading 5mm melty beads onto a pipe cleaner and then inserted into the groove that represents the active site (Image 2).

Each bead represents one glucose. 2 colors were used to indicate the possible products of multiple reactions of the enzyme with the chain (past cleavage and exiting the active site): red for maltose, white for dextrin (Image 3).