Bacteriophage T4 Infection
JCVI-syn3A Minimal Cell
Insulin Release
HIV Vaccine
Caulobacter Polar Microdomain
HIV-Infected Cell
Collagen and Extracellular Matrix
Escherichia coli Bacterium
Myoglobin in a Whale Muscle Cell
Cellulose Synthase
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
Immunological Synapse
SARS-CoV-2 Fusion
Red Blood Cell Cytoskeleton
SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies
Respiratory Droplet
SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine
Coronavirus Life Cycle
Influenza Vaccine
Measles Virus Proteins
Lipid Droplets
Poliovirus Neutralization
Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses
Last Universal Common Ancestor
Zika Virus
Insulin Action
Ebola Virus
Mycoplasma mycoides
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VegF) Signaling
Biosites: Muscle
Biosites: Basement Membrane
Biosites: Red Blood Cell
Biosites: Nucleus
Biosites: Blood Plasma
Biosites: Cytoplasm
Escherichia coli
HIV in Blood Plasma

Molecular Landscapes by David S. Goodsell

Respiratory Droplet, 2020

Acknowledgement: Illustration by David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank; doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-024

This painting shows a cross section through a small respiratory droplet, like the ones that are thought to transmit SARS-CoV-2. The virus is shown in magenta, and the droplet is also filled with molecules that are present in the respiratory tract, including mucins (green), pulmonary surfactant proteins and lipids (blue), and antibodies (tan).

The painting was created as part of the show "New Ways of Living" with SciCommMake.

The image also appears on the cover of the March-April 2021 issue of American Scientist.

Winner, 2021 BioArt Award (Other Life Science Images Category)

National Finalist, Wiki Science Competition 2021 (Wikipedia)

Selected Sources of Information:
Arroyo R, et al. (2018) Supramolecular assembly of human pulmonary surfactant protein SP-D. J. Mol. Biol. 430, 1495-1509.
Vejerano EP & Marr LC (2018) Physico-chemical characteristics of evaporating respiratory fluid droplets. J. R. Soc. Interface 15, 20170939.
Bredberg A. (2012) Exhaled endogenous particles contain lung proteins. Clin. Chem. 58, 431-440.
Serrano AG & Perez-Gil J (2006) Protein–lipid interactions and surface activity in the pulmonary surfactant system. Chem. Phys. Lipids 141, 105-118.