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Our illustrators have extensive scientific backgrounds and the artistic experience needed to visually explain your story. Our science images are custom created to accommodate various styles and applications.
Our illustrators have extensive scientific backgrounds and the artistic experience needed to visually explain your story. Our science images are done using both 2D and 3D graphics to accommodate different styles, preferences, and occasions.
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. This imaginative illustration depicting a bacteriophage with a robot skeleton was developed for a journal cover.
This image was published with an article detailing the action of a protein complex called SWI/SNF. The complex interacts with histone nucleosomes to open the structure of the chromatin.
This illustration shows the sequence of T cell activation. In the upper left the T cell is inactive. Following that, it connects to an antigen presenting cells. This activates the T cell, enabling it to fight a cancer cell in the lower right.
This simple illustration shows a basic cross-section of a normal eye.
This illustration was created for a publication describing the catalytic reactions of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2).
E. coli bacteria are often portrayed in a negative light. However, in 1973, Herbet Boyer and Stanley Cohen used E. coli as a vehicle to develop recombinant DNA technology. By inserting plasmids with foreign DNA into E. coli, they showed that genetic materials could be transferred between species.
This is a microscopic section of colon tirssue. In the mucosa, there are long crypts which contain goblet cells. Beneath that layer, there is muscularis mucosae, submucosa, circular muscle, longtitudicnal muscle, and serosa.
In response to extracellular hypotonicity, KCC3 cotransporter proteins are activated on the surface of red blood cells, forcing an efflux of ions across the cellular membrane. In this image, KCC3 channels are depicted in blue and embedded within the cell membrane (red). This illustration was featured on the cover of Cell.
For XCOVERY, we developed an illustration depicting several different pathways involved in the development of cancer, providing insight into potential drug targets.
Colonic bacteria can be anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory. This illustration was made to detail the anti-inflammatory signaling and cellular interactions that can mitigate colorectal carcinogenesis.
This illustration was developed for KCI to illustrate how their proprietary V.A.C® Therapy help promotes wound healing. Negative pressure applied on the wound site removes infectious material and encourages active granulation.
Proteins can be depicted in several ways to best illustrate their structure. In the center of the protein, we reveal the ribbon structure that describes the simplified path and organization of the protein.
Dendritic cells are critical cells in the immune response. They capture antigens, process them, and present them on their cell surfaces. This presentation can activate T cells, which begin a fully mounted defense against the antigen.
RNA Interference (RNAi) is a method of regulating gene expression by inhibiting the translation of messenger RNA, primarily by miRNA and siRNA molecules. This biological process is important for resisting certain viral infections, as well as regulating the production of proteins.
The JAK/STAT pathway is involved in gene transcription and as a result is involved in certain cancers. In this image, the transmembrane receptor on the left has been bound by a cytokine which has activated the green JAK proteins. These proteins in turn activate the STAT proteins below.
This antibody drug conjugate was engineered to selectively deliver a cytotoxic agent to a tumor cell. It consits of an antibody made for a specific target molecule, a linker protein, and the cytotoxic agent.
This illustration depicts some of the major signaling pathway associated with the development of insomnia.
Peyronie’s disease is caused by plaque in the penile tissue. The light beige tissue is the tunica albuginea. It surrounds the corpora cavernosa, and in this condition, it is chronically inflamed.
Featured as a cover on Nature, this image depicts microarray technology for the measurement of gene expression. Single-stranded probes are fixed along a chip and allowed to hybridize with samples. Expression data is collected electronically.
This illustration depicts pyramidal neurons. The bulbous protrusions on the dendrites are called dendritic spines, and dendrites can contain hundreds to thousands of them.
Synaptic vesicles are sphere-like structures with that measure about 40 nanometers in diameter. The vesicles encapsulate neurotransmitters that carry signals across neuronal synapses.
CD200 is a surface-cell marker that is purported to play a role in activating immune suppression. Understanding these pathways may provide insight into potential targets for the treatment of certain cancers.
This image was produced to illustrate the mechanism of laser treatment for narrow-angle glaucoma. Lasers are used to make a small opening in the peripheral iris (blue), altering the fluid dynamics within the eye and relieving intraocular pressure.
Pericytes are contractile cells with a “spider-like” shape found on the outside of the small vasculature. Pericytes play important roles in regulating capillary blood flow and are also responsible for maintaining permeability of the blood-brain barrier.
Biochips allow researchers to screen biochemical samples across a large number of simultaneous reactions. These 2-dimensional physical chips can be purposed for DNA analysis, protein analysis, chemical screens, and more.
This illustration is an overview of the key molecules involved in breast cell proliferation and cancer. The restriction point represents a key moment in the cell cycle where cell proliferation can be terminated.
From left to right, this illustration shows the progression of colorectal cancer on the intestinal wall. It highlights the normal mucosa, aberrant crypt foci, a small polyp, larger polyps, and invasive cancer.
Mitochondria are famous for being the power houses of the cell. While they are known most for manufacturing energy, they are also involved in cell growth and cell death.
The urinary bladder is innervated by both sympathetic fibers and parasympathetic fibers making the bladder both autonomically and voluntarily controlled. Therefore, nerves associated with the bladder are important targets in urinary conditions, such as incontinence and nocturia.
The bone marrow produces blood cells, which are exported to the rest of the body through the vasculature present in the bone marrow.
This editorial image was created to describe the challenges of delivering an antibody therapeutic across the blood brain barrier.
Clathrin proteins are involved in building coats for small vesicles. In this image, the clathrin proteins are unraveling to release the vesicle and its contents.
John Lapolla, Asante Communications, LLC
XVIVO is in a unique class of crackerjack design companies with honest, capable, supremely talented artists, graphic designers, strategists, and project managers, all of whom are committed to excellence in animation. They understand the unique power of this still evolving art form, its ability to distill otherwise unapproachable biochemical data, and to make it available to the untrained marketing professional, all the while preserving the integrity of the science for the experts who have committed their life’s work to drug discovery and development. Ain’t it easy when you know how to do it?