The "trinitatis" series


 E. Meyer - 2000


A search of data bases revealed striking, improbable occurrences of repeat amino acids in proteins.  An especially appealing structure is the Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Type II Matrix Protein (buried knot; 1AG8), which contains a Cys-Cys-Cys trimer buried in the interior of the protein.

Cf. "WWWWhy does Nature Stutter?", Edgar F. Meyer & W. John Tollett, Jr. (2001), Acta Cryst D57, 181-186.

 Tables of data base searches


This cysteine tripeptide was modeled and sculpted in the "trinitatis" series, using Texas white oak, Texas pecan, bird's eye maple, soft maple, and cherry.  Experimenting with pre- and post-machining treatment of wood, several pieces were treated with ACRYLOID B-72 dissolved in acetone.  A 2-inch plank of dry, native white oak was sculpted and then soaked several times (with slow drying); a small amount of checking occurred but was internally stabilized by further treatment.


Pieces below were finished and lightly sanded, then waxed and polished.
Sizes are given in inches (1 inch = 2.54cm)

T0 - Texas Pecan - 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.8"

T2 - Texas Pecan - 8.3 x 4.6 x 1.5"

 T3 - cherry - 7.5 x 3.3 x 1.2" T4 - White Oak - 9.4 x 5.6 x 2"

T5 - maple - 5.6 x 4.6 x 2"

 T6 - White Oak - 4.2 x 5.4 x 1.9"

T1 - bird's eye maple - 5.5 x 4.7 x 2"

Phe180 - 5.5 x 3.4 x 1"

Texas white oak - 9 x 7.5 x 2" - 3S15 - for Dominic - 13.5.2001

Texas mesquite samples - 3S19 Zh- reunion

Birds-eye maple - 6 x 5.5 x 2" 3S17 - B.P.  


This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9974723

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.