In moments of boredom or concern, seeing how beautiful the structures of nature are can reassure and inspire! I went back to my favourite molecules and selected some protein structures to bring some dynamism and creativity in our SHOP. Have a look at the NEW items with this protein!
This crystal structure belongs to the THE SWEET PROTEIN THAUMATIN that is a protein much sweeter than common sugar but giving very little calories! Is the sweetener of the future coming from biotech?
Proteins can be sweet and thaumatin is one of the best int his respect. The thaumatins were first found as a mixture of proteins isolated from the katemfe fruit (Thaumatococcus daniellii Bennett) (marantaceae) of west Africa. Some proteins in the thaumatin family of sweeteners are roughly 2000 times more potent than sugar. Although very sweet, thaumatin’s taste is markedly different from sugar’s. The sweetness of thaumatin builds very slowly. Perception lasts a long time, leaving a liquorice-like aftertaste at high usage levels. Thaumatin is highly water-soluble, stable to heating, and stable under acidic conditions. (read more DOI: 10.1107/S0907444994005512 or Wikipedia)