Work / Animation / Histone Methyl Transferases
DNA in the nuclear environment is tightly packed in structures known as nucleosomes, which consist of DNA wound around histone protein cores. These complexes are important for the regulation of gene expression. Histone methyl transferases, or HMTs, modify histone proteins in order to increase or decrease the accessibility of certain genes. Some cancers may be caused by the overexpression or overactivity of HMTs, which results in the altered expression of genes responsible for cell growth and division.
Alain Viel PhD, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Research in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
I was impressed by the ability of the XVIVO team to transform all the structural information and the very detailed sequence of molecular events that I assembled in a story-board into a visually pleasing work of art.