Virtual Expedition into the cell: take a closer look at the finest system of cell communication and the complex world of the protein machinery.
With your Google Cardboard on, immerse yourself in the microworld of the cell, explore the cell surface and the molecular complexes on it. Wander inside protein structures and be surrounded by their atoms.
MoleculE VR is a virtual reality tour introducing some of the basic concepts about cell communication and signalling: how cells receive and respond to messages from their environment, interact with other cells and coordinate their biological processes.
Discover some of the actors involved in cell signalling: the adenosine A2A receptor, corticotropin releasing hormone receptor CRF1, the glucagon receptor and the metabotropic glutamate 5 (mGlu5) receptor. Enjoy moving around the protein structures, to observe how these receptors interact with their natural ligands and small molecules like drugs to affect their functions and the ultimate cell response.
In MoleculE VR, real crystallographic data from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) turns into 3-D virtual structures and takes Molecular Modelling Science to the next level.
Some of the structures presented in this app have been solved by world-leading scientists at Heptares Therapeutics Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sosei Group Corporation). This detailed structural information is enabling the design of new medicines targeting important receptors for the treatment of pathologies including cancer and certain neurological diseases.
The app includes 5 chapters:
1- An introduction to cell communication
2- The adenosine A2A receptor
3- The corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 (CRF1)
4- The glucagon receptor
5- The metabotropic glutamate 5 (mGlu5) receptor
MoleculE VR is an innovative educational tool that aims to support and integrate classic teaching and learning methods. It expresses complex concepts of Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, in a visual and interactive format. Moreover, this scientific visualisation app enhances mnemonic techniques and the kinesthetic experience stimulating learning skills. The VR exploration boosts motivation and engagement, key factors to make eLearning fun.
Original graphic design and easy-to-navigate interface:
- Home button (look up to see it) to go back to the menu screen
- Text on/off to enable/disable captions
- Voice on/off to enable/disable the narration
- Slow and play buttons
Please note that MoleculE VR is a Virtual Reality app for phones requiring gyroscope and a VR headset like Google Cardboard. If your phone does not work with this app or you have problems, please contact us.
For a better experience please play standing or seated on a swivel chair to enjoy a 360 degree experience.
“Feather Waltz” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
- New chapter about the metabotropic glutamate 5 (mGlu5) receptor!
- Voice on/off button to enable/disable the narration
- Slow and play buttons
- Bugs fixed
Ratings and Reviews
Crashes and won't open
I was going to show this to my class for biology, we were learning about the same cells. I turned out it only crashed before it could even turn on. Just a long black screen...
Please fix this I need this app! There is no other like it!!
Annoying captions mar the experience
This app has fairly nice graphics and it could be a great experience, but the developer made the bad decision to have everything with captions, rather than narration. When you have to read all the captions, then you can't enjoy the graphics. What's worse, the captions scroll out one...word...at...a...time at a very slow pace, meaning you can't even read them at your own speed. Even a robot narrator would be better than these boring captions.
Very interesting look at the cell
This app I believe is intended for those that have at least some familiarity with cell biology. It does a good job of both visualizing through graphics and explaining through text the subjects at hand. The timing of the transitions between scenes can be a bit slow, but all in all this is a very interesting and informative app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.