Acetylcholine Receptor

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Acetylcholine Receptor 3d printed Art Mathematical Art False Color Rendition
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Acetylcholine Receptor molecular model from PDB file 2BG9. Scale is 1cm = .8nm.


IN: 4.172 w x 7.891 d x 3.873 h
CM: 10.596 w x 20.042 d x 9.838 h


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How did you convert the PDB file to an acceptable file type?
December 9, 2013, 6:14 pm
Have you printed this out? My research group wants to print out a similar molecule using shapeways, but I was worried there might be structural problems. Any thoughts?
April 27, 2010, 4:46 pm
The false color rendition shows the five subunits of the acetylcholine receptor. The reddish ones are where the acetylcholine binds to cause the entire unit to open. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) breaks the acetylcholine up deactivating it and allowing the muscle cell to relax. Poisons such as cobratoxin, curare, and nicotine also bind to these sites and prevent the working of AChE.
January 1, 2010, 12:10 am
The acetylcholine receptor is a kind of valve that sits in the cell walls of muscle cells. Muscle cells have pumps that pump out sodium when they are relaxed. When acetylcholine binds to the receptor, it opens up as shown in this model, and allows the sodium to rush back inside starting the process that leads to contraction.
December 31, 2009, 7:05 pm


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