Molecular Landscapes by David S. Goodsell
SARS-CoV-2 and Neutralizing Antibodies, 2020
Acknowledgement: David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank and Springer Nature; doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-025
This painting shows a cross section through SARS-CoV-2 surrounded by blood plasma, with neutralizing antibodies in bright yellow. The painting was commissioned for the cover of a special COVID-19 issue of Nature, presented 20 August 2020, and is currently in the collection of the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.
It incorporates information from two cryoelectron microscopy studies that explore the shape and distribution of spikes and the nucleoprotein:
Yao H et al. (2020) Molecular architecture of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. bioRxiv preprint DOI: 10.1101/2020.07.08.192104
Ke Z et al. (2020) Structures, conformations and distributions of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein trimers on intact virions. bioRxiv preprint DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.27.174979