1961, 20 3/8" x 18 7/8"

Geis highlights the hundreds of chemical bonds in the lattice of myoglobin.

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Painting Citation

Kendrew, J. (1961). The Three-Dimensional Structure of a Protein Molecule. Sci. Am. 205, 96-110.

Related PDB Entry: 1MBN

Experimental Structure Citation

Kendrew, J., Bodo, G., Dintzis, H., Parrish, R., Wyckoff, H., & Phillips, D. (1958). A Three-Dimensional Model of the Myoglobin Molecule Obtained by X-Ray Analysis. Nature, 181, 662-666. DOI:10.2210/pdb1mb/pdb

About Myoglobin

Molecule of the Month: Myoglobin

Myoglobin stores oxygen in cells, and is particularly plentiful in muscle cells. This historic structure (sperm whale myoglobin) was the first structure of a protein, solved in the laboratory of John Kendrew.

Text References

Goodsell, D. (2000). Molecule of the Month: Myoglobin. DOI: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/mom_2000_1