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A physics-based interactive visualisation platform for proteins and other molecular strands

Stephen Todd, Peter Todd, William Latham, Lawrence Kelley

Abstract: FoldSynth is an interactive multimedia platform designed to help understand the characteristics and commonly used visual abstractions of molecular strands with an emphasis on proteins. It uses a simple model of molecular forces to give real time interactive animations of the folding and docking processes. The shape of a molecular strand is shown as a 3D visualisation floating above a 2D triangular matrix representing distance constraints, contact maps or other features of residue pairs. As well as more conventional raster plots, contact maps can be shown with vectors representing the grouping of contacts as secondary structures. The 2D visualisation is also interactive and can be used to manipulate a molecule, define constraints, control and view the folding dynamically, or even design new molecules.

Keywords: Interaction, multimedia, proteins, folding, 2D/3D, scientific visualisation, molecular design, physically based modelling.

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Release Date:
November, 2014
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Project development

Institution: Goldsmiths, University of London