Study shows short peptides can self-assemble into catalysts
Epigenetics enigma resolved: First structure of enzyme that removes methylation
Scientists have obtained the first detailed molecular structure of a member of the Tet family of enzymes.
Polymers could help enzymes treat diseases
Enzyme from wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel
Scientists have discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste (such as paper, scrap wood and straw) into liquid fuel. To do this they turned to the destructive power ...
Power behind primordial soup discovered
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Leeds may have solved a key puzzle about how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth.
Researchers print transistor on nearly transparent nanopaper
Turning toxic by-product into biofuel booster: Engineered enzyme increases output of alkanes
Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes—long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline—have figured out why the natural reaction ...
Chemical probe profiles live-cell organelle activity, adds to understanding of lysosome dynamics
A team of scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory synthesized a chemical activity-based probe (ABP) that can provide new information about how living cells function. The new ABP is designed ...
Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs
A proof-of-concept experiment has shown that, by shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use 'green chemistry' to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer.
It slices, it dices, and it protects the body from harm
An essential weapon in the body's fight against infection has come into sharper view. Researchers at Princeton University have discovered the 3D structure of an enzyme that cuts to ribbons the genetic material ...
New research reveals role of methionine in enzyme catalysis
The first convincing evidence that the amino acid methionine plays a role in catalysis in an enzyme has been uncovered by researchers from the University of Bristol. Previously, it was thought that methionine ...
Identifying how the chemical subsystems of metabolism have changed
To better understand the emergence of life, former SFI Omidyar Fellow Rogier Braakman and External Professor Eric Smith are taking a careful look at Aquifex aeolicus.
Untying DNA knots
Structural biologists at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have resolved the 3D structure of a protein machine that plays an important part in the maintenance of genomic stability. ...
Graphene-coated heart valves could sidestep harmful drugs
Every year thousands of people are fitted with artificial heart valves to replace their own malfunctioning valve. Many of these patients, however, have to remain on drugs that stop blood clotting on these ...