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Model Proteins

  • Published17 Aug 2012
  • Reviewed17 Aug 2012
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  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Kristen Ryan, Donald S. Backos, Philip Reigan, and Manisha Patel. Post-Translational Oxidative Modification and Inactivation of Mitochondrial Complex I in Epileptogenesis. The Journal of Neuroscience, 15 August 2012, 32(33):11250-11258.
Credit: Courtesy, with permission: Ryan, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience 2012.

The conversion of sunlight or food into the energy that makes life as we know it possible involves numerous chains of chemical reactions. One molecule with a starring role in metabolism is adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

The image above shows a computer simulation of a protein complex involved in the production of ATP. The researchers who created it were interested in how protein changes caused by epilepsy affect the protein’s function.

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