News tagged with biological membrane

Carnegie donates landmark clones to biology

With the information explosion, it's remarkable that so little is known about the interactions that proteins have with each other and the protective membrane that surrounds a cell. These interactive, so-called membrane proteins ...

dateAug 06, 2009 in Biochemistry
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Making nanoparticles in artificial cells

Two new construction manuals are now available for the world's smallest lamps. Based on these protocols, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have tailor-made nanoparticles that ...

dateJun 26, 2009 in Bio & Medicine
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How mitochondria get their membranes bent

Underneath their smooth surface mitochondria harbor an elaborately folded inner membrane. It holds a multitude of bottleneck like invaginations, which expand into elongated cavities. Now researchers have identified two proteins ...

dateJun 24, 2009 in Cell & Microbiology
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Chili peppers help to unravel the mechanism of pain

Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, is most often experienced as an irritant, but it may also be used to reduce pain. A new work published by Drs. Feng Qin and Jing Yao in this week's PLoS Bi ...

dateFeb 24, 2009 in
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How protein receptors on cells switch on and off

Cornell researchers have provided new insight into the molecular mechanism underlying an essential cellular system. They have discovered how receptors on cell surfaces turn off signals from the cell's environment, ...

dateJan 16, 2009 in
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