JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell
Insulin Release
HIV Vaccine
Escherichia coli Bacterium
Cellulose Synthase
Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell
Collagen and Extracellular Matrix
CytoSkeleton
Transfer RNA and Gag Protein
RecA and DNA
Casein Micelle and Fat Globule in Milk
Model of a Mycoplasma Cell
Phage-based COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus
Immunological Synapse
Coronavirus Life Cycle
Myelin
Respiratory Droplet
SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies
SARS-CoV-2 Fusion
SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine
Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton
Measles Virus Proteins
Lipid Droplets
Poliovirus Neutralization
Influenza Vaccine
Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses
Abiogenesis
Last Universal Common Ancestor
Zika Virus
Insulin Action
Ebola Virus
Autophagy
Mycoplasma mycoides
Chloroplast
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling
Biosites: Basement Membrane
Biosites: Red Blood Cell
Biosites: Blood Plasma
Biosites: Cytoplasm
Biosites: Muscle
Biosites: Nucleus
Blood
HIV in Blood Plasma
Escherichia coli

Molecular Landscapes by David S. Goodsell

Insulin Release, 2022

Acknowledgement: David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank and Scripps Research. doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-044

This painting depicts one of the few examples of a protein crystal with a biological function. Insulin is stored in pancreatic beta cells in the form of small crystals, carried inside specialized vesicles. When insulin is needed after meals, these vesicles fuse with the cell membrane and the crystals dissolve, releasing insulin into the bloodstream. The painting shows the vesicle in the process of releasing insulin. The insulin crystal is at the top in yellow, the fused vesicle membrane and cell membrane are in green, and the extracellular matrix that surrounds the beta cell is at bottom in tans and browns.

The painting was created as part of the SciArt Show held at the 2022 meeting of the American Crystallographic Society.