Miniseries: Illustrating the machinery of life: Eukaryotic cell panorama

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Diverse biological data may be used to create illustrations of molecules in their cellular context. This report describes the scientific results that support an illustration of a eukaryotic cell, enlarged by one million times to show the distribution and arrangement of macromolecules. The panoramic cross section includes eight panels that extend from the nucleus to the cell surface, showing the process of protein synthesis and export. Results from biochemistry, electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography were used to create the image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalBiochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


  • B-cell
  • Cellular biology
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Eukaryotic cell structure
  • Golgi
  • Molecular biology
  • Molecular visualization
  • Nucleus
  • Protein synthesis
  • Textbook diagrams


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