This illustration communicates the 3D structure of ATP Synthase, a membrane protein that produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It was created using X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy data made available through the Protein Databank. The illustration colour-codes the ATP synthase protein by function and chain.
The data was imported into Chimera and then exported into Adobe Photoshop to finalize the illustration. This illustration was an experiment in emulating the illustration style of David Goodsell’s “Molecule of the Month” illustrations on the Protein Databank’s website. I used a tutorial written by Dr. Bonnie Scott of Snare Media that detailed a method of achieving this illustration style.