People's Choice Prize
Mr Luca Chierico, Chemistry
This year, 2013, three computer scientists: Levitt, Karplus and Warshel achieved the important price of a Nobel in chemistry. This award was given to them thanks to their developments in computer simulations aimed to reach a better understanding into the complexity of several biological mechanisms and molecule-molecule interactions. In this important context the image, represent a 3D artistic reconstruction of ATP synthase and in particular of it's F0 portion which is the proteins pore domain incorporated within the inner membrane of mitochondria. This protein is a fundamental enzyme that have the ability to convert an electrochemical gradient into the “energy currency” for the cell, the adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
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