Charles Evans’s favorite structure is:

Ligand binding structures of myoglobin

Ligand binding structures of myoglobin

Source: Nature 404, 205-208 (9 March 2000)

Why?

A highlight of my undergraduate course in protein structure and dynamics, this series of crystal structures have been animated to show the conformational changes around the haem site of myoglobin. You can see the movement of the dissociated CO around the site, and the movement of individual amino acid residues as the local environment changes. It's truly beautiful to watch a protein's dynamics in such close detail!—Charles Evans

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