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Making sense of misfolded proteins

The endoplasmic reticulum of cells provides a pivotal quality-control system that eliminates improperly folded, or misfolded, glycoproteins, such as antibodies and hormones. The UDP-glucose:glycoprotein glycotransferase ...

Oct 03, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0

Lessons from herbicide tolerance

(Phys.org)—Polyamines are widespread and important organic compounds involved in multiple cellular processes in living organisms. Their levels are highly regulated through a combination of processes including ...

Aug 24, 2012 not rated yet 0 | with audio podcast

Magnetic vortices with electric sense

In the field of magnetic materials, a rapidly expanding area of study concerns stable nanometer-scale spin arrangements. Spins are the fundamental magnetic entities in solids, and patterns made of several ...

Aug 17, 2012 4.8 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast

Nanoscale constrictions open up

If people bump into one another too often at a building’s entrance, the owner could opt to build a larger doorway. But physicists from the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Wako have shown that this ...

Aug 17, 2012 5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast