News tagged with lipid membrane

Cell: Protein folding via charge zippers

Membrane proteins are the "molecular machines" in biological cell envelopes. They control diverse processes, such as the transport of molecules across the lipid membrane, signal transduction, and photosynthesis. ...

dateJan 18, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Proteins feel long-range attractive forces

(Phys.org)—Proteins embedded in the lipid membranes of cells feel long-range attractive forces in specific patterns that mediate the proteins' behavior—for example, assisting in the clumping sequences ...

dateAug 30, 2012 in Biochemistry
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A new look at proteins in living cells

(Phys.org)—Proteins adorning the surfaces of human cells perform an array of essential functions, including cell signaling, communication and the transport of vital substances into and out of cells. They ...

dateAug 28, 2012 in Biochemistry
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Gauging the forces between cells

Cell-cell junctions are important for communication, transport, signalling, waste evacuation and water homeostasis. An European project has investigated how biophysical forces can influence the fulfilment ...

dateJul 19, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Driving membrane curvature

(Phys.org) -- In biological systems, membranes are as important as water. They form the barrier between the inner world, within our cells, where we perform the chemical reactions of life, and the outside environment.

dateJun 14, 2012 in General Physics
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