February month’s protein jewelry – Oxytocin

The silver necklace shows the three dimensional structure of the nonapeptide oxytocin.

Valentine’s Day is February the 14th. Maybe one day when you express your love for people you love and close friends.

Why not give them an oxytocin jewelry?

Oxytocin is a feel-good hormone and usually called the “Love hormone”. It’s released during physical contact, hugs, sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. In addition to heat and touch, the oxytocin activity increases by swimming. The effect increases by swimming often and regularly.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1955 was awarded to Vincent du Vigneud for his work on the hormone oxytocin.

CRISPR silver necklace

CRISPR/Cas9 – a precise technique for making changes in the genome.

 

CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade CRISPR silver jewelry (the protein Cas9 is missing). You can hang it in the RNA or in the DNA – you decide.

The January offer – Serotonin

During January there is 20% discount on my serotonin jewelry; necklace and earrings.

The molecule formed in silver wire with the OH group as a golden bullet (18K).

 

 

The darkest period affects most of us on northern latitudes. It can be difficult to get enough sunlight. The light is very important, it stimulates the production of the hormone serotonin. Serotonin is a ‘feel good hormone’. If we don’t get enough sunlight, the production of serotonin decreases and instead the release of melatonin increases, the ‘sleep hormone’. The light ensures that our biological processes in the body work. We need sunlight and we need serotonin to feel good.

 

 

 

Silver necklace of aquaporin AqpM

A new piece of jewelry in my web shop is the aquaporin AqpM.

Aquaporin, AqpM

Aquaporins are water-channel proteins that move water molcules through the cell membrane. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003 was awarded to Peter Agre for the discovery of water channels. The jewelry shows the three-dimensional structure of AqpM.

Christmas scents and flavors

For me, Christmas is a lot of smells and flavors. I’ve been thinking about what is special to me.Here are some …

Ginger – gingerol
Bitter orange fruit – synephrine
Clove – eugenol
Star anise – caffeine acid
Cardamom – limonen
Saffron – safranal
Cinnamon – coumarin
Green cabbage – lutein
Vanilla – vanilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade small molecules in silver wire. Sometimes with gold balls as oxygen atoms.

Jewelry for December 2018

The molecule in December is channelrhodopsin, ChR.

Channelrhodopsin, ChR.

Channelrhodopsins, ChRs, are membrane proteins that function as light-gated ion channels. These proteins are of interest for neuroscience applications. The jewelry shows the three-dimensional structure of ChR. 

This year’s Christmas gift?

Necklace and ear rings in silver inspired by the Nobel Prize 2018 in physics. A short laser pulse, stretched in time, amplified and squeezed together again.

 

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.” The technique they developed has led to broad medical applications; for example, millions of eye operations are performed every year with the sharpest of laser beams.