3D Print: Ferritin
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3D Model Information
PDB structure used to generate the model file: 1hrs
Model generated with: MolecularMaya/Maya
Model physical size (in mm): 125.5 x 125.5 x 125.5
Additional: This model allows for printing ferritin as a sphere. It doesn't allow for accessing the inside of the hollow shell.Download 3D Print File (.stl)
Model generated with: Molecular Maya/Autodesk Maya
Model physical size (in mm): 125.5 x 125.5 x 62.7
Additional: Print the model 2 times then assemble the sphere. This model allows for exploration of the inside of the ferritin shell.Download 3D Print File (.stl)
Printed on: Ultimaker S3
Model material: PLA
Support material: PVA (water soluble)
Output scale: 75%
3D Print and Structural Features of Ferritin
Ferritin is a spherical protein made up of 24 identical chains encoded by the FTL gene. The chains form two different types of channels: 3-fold channels, used for iron transport (Image 1) and 4-fold channels used for transport of other atoms (Image 2).
On the inside, ferritin forms a hollow shell that stores iron for future use. Small beads can be used to model the iron ions stored inside the shell (Image 3).
Double-sided tape was used to connect the half-spheres together. Alternatively, small magnets could be inserted after drilling holes in the model.