News tagged with cell cytoplasm

New light on bacterial microcompartments

Bacteria contain "microcompartments," which are poorly understood organelles that play critical roles in metabolism. Understanding how they work may ultimately enable engineering them for useful applications. In salmonella, ...

dateMay 12, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Faster cell mixing leads to larger plants

The contents of plant cells undergo continuous mixing by a process known as cytoplasmic streaming. Yet although this process was discovered more than 200 years ago, its exact purpose has remained unclear. ...

dateJan 24, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Membranes in tight corners

Photosynthesis takes place in specialized membrane systems, made up of stacked disks linked together by unstacked planar leaflets. A team of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich has now identified ...

dateJul 10, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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How fast do chemical trains move in living cells?

The rate of chemical processes in cells is dictated by the speed of movement (diffusion) of molecules needed for a given reaction. Using a versatile method developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy ...

dateJan 31, 2013 in Biochemistry
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