Transcoding: Zenk Protein in Humans and Zebra Finches Documentation and Groundwork

Amino Acid Sequences

Single Letter Code

• G – Glycine (Gly)

• P – Proline (Pro)

• A – Alanine (Ala)

• V – Valine (Val)

• L – Leucine (Leu)

• I – Isoleucine (Ile)

• M – Methionine (Met)

• C – Cysteine (Cys)

• F – Phenylalanine (Phe)

• Y – Tyrosine (Tyr)

• W – Tryptophan (Trp)

• H – Histidine (His)

• K – Lysine (Lys)

• R – Arginine (Arg)

• Q – Glutamine (Gln)

• N – Asparagine (Asn)

• E – Glutamic Acid (Glu)

• D – Aspartic Acid (Asp)

• S – Serine (Ser)

• T – Threonine (Thr)

ZENK protein (Zebra Finch) — Other Gene names: Early Growth

Response protein 1 ZENK

CDRRFSRSDE LTRHIRIHTG QKPFQCRICM RNFSRSDHLT THIRTHTGEK

PFACDICGRK FARSDERKRH TKIHLRQKDK KVEKAAPAST ASPIPAYSSS

VTTSYPSSIT TTYPSPVRTA YSSPAPSSYP SPVHTTFPSP SIATTYPSGT

ATFQTQVATS FSSPGVANNF SSQVTSALSD INSAFSPRTI EIC

When songbirds hear the song of another individual of the same species or

when they sing, the mRNA levels of the ZENK gene increase rapidly in

forebrain areas involved in vocal communication. This gene induction is

thought to be related to long-term neuronal change and possibly the

formation of song-related memories.

A protein that helps with vocal communication and the formation of

auditory memory. This protein helps in vocal communication, and we’re

trying to use it to aid in the communication of biomedia/transcoding to a

general audience.

Zenk Protein (Humans)

MAAAKAEMQL MSPLQISDPF GSFPHSPTMD NYPKLEEMML LSNGAPQFLG

AAGAPEGSGS NSSSSSSGGG GGGGGGSNSS SSSSTFNPQA DTGEQPYEHL

TAESFPDISL NNEKVLVETS YPSQTTRLPP ITYTGRFSLE PAPNSGNTLW

PEPLFSLVSG LVSMTNPPAS SSSAPSPAAS SASASQSPPL SCAVPSNDSS

PIYSAAPTFP TPNTDIFPEP QSQAFPGSAG TALQYPPPAY PAAKGGFQVP

MIPDYLFPQQ QGDLGLGTPD QKPFQGLESR TQQPSLTPLS TIKAFATQSG

SQDLKALNTS YQSQLIKPSR MRKYPNRPSK TPPHERPYAC PVESCDRRFS

RSDELTRHIR IHTGQKPFQC RICMRNFSRS DHLTTHIRTH TGEKPFACDI

CGRKFARSDE RKRHTKIHLR QKDKKADKSV VASSATSSLS SYPSPVATSY

PSPVTTSYPS PATTSYPSPV PTSFSSPGSS TYPSPVHSGF PSPSVATTYS

SVPPAFPAQV SSFPSSAVTN SFSASTGLSD MTATFSPRTI EIC

Patch Plan:

 ZENK protein sequence: each amino acid is assigned a

single letter code.

o We run sequence through Tim’s Amino Acid MIDI

o We can explore altering the conversion from a

 Explore using granular synthesis on the song of the

Zebra Finch as a new instrument

 Make sure to include the pictures of the birds as a

visual cue

 Copy multiple patches to use multiple instruments

o Maybe put drums at half speed of melody

note conversion patch

one-note to a scalar method

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