View Larger Image Nicolle Rager Fuller: Inside Cells Nicolle Rager Fuller takes you on a journey to discover the inner workings of cells. Depicted below are exosomes, antibiotics puncturing a bacterial cell wall, cells recycling components in a process called autophagy, and more. Antibiotics Action on Bacterial Membrane: This illustration shows antimicrobial peptides penetrating a bacteria’s membrane according to the carpet model. A micelle forms from the microbial lipid bilayer (the fatty molecules), and the cell is punctured. ©Nicolle Rager Fuller Cell Canibalism: In a process called autophagy, cells cannabalize themselves to clean out toxins, recycle used nutrients and to help control disease. Although scientists have known about the process for decades, it’s been only recently that the genes involved have been discovered allowing scientists to better understand how the balance of autophagy–too much or too little– can influence disease. This infographic shows the process of autophagy from instigation by a lack of nutrients, to chopping up proteins and mitochondria, to expulsion of the basic nutrients back into the cell. ©Nicolle Rager Fuller A vast network of interconnected structural proteins permeate the cell, providing structure, order, and transport highways. A few of the cytoskeleton components shown include: actin, tubulin, cadherin, microtubules and transport vesicles carried by dynein. Gold Winner of IC15. ©Nicolle Rager Fuller Exosome Entering Cell ©Nicolle Rager Fuller Cell Organelle Recycling ©Nicolle Rager Fuller Mitochondria and Cancer ©Nicolle Rager Fuller By Iral @ Medical Illustration Sourcebook|May 12th, 2015|Featured Work| Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail About the Author: Iral @ Medical Illustration Sourcebook Related Posts Journal of Clinical Oncology Covers by KO Studios Gallery Journal of Clinical Oncology Covers by KO Studios Watercolor Charts by Natural Science Artist David Scheirer Gallery Watercolor Charts by Natural Science Artist David Scheirer Job Showcase: Mesa Studios for National Geographic Gallery Job Showcase: Mesa Studios for National Geographic Job Showcase: Chicago Medical Graphics for Medtronic Gallery Job Showcase: Chicago Medical Graphics for Medtronic Conceptual Illustrations by Kotryna Zukauskaite Gallery Conceptual Illustrations by Kotryna Zukauskaite Fossil Recreation Artwork by Legacy BioStudios, LLC Gallery Fossil Recreation Artwork by Legacy BioStudios, LLC Job Showcase: Fairman Studios for the Journal of Neurosurgery Gallery Job Showcase: Fairman Studios for the Journal of Neurosurgery Spotlight Artist: Ella Maru Studio, Inc. Gallery Spotlight Artist: Ella Maru Studio, Inc.