Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum

Protein research—the computer as microscope

Using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computer simulation, researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have gained new insights into the workings of protein switches. With high temporal and spatial resolution, ...

dateJan 16, 2017 in Biochemistry
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Molecular switches researched in detail

Seeing, smelling, tasting, regulation of blood pressure – molecular switches are involved in all of these processes. The mechanism with which these proteins are switched off has been analysed by a research team at Ruhr-Universität ...

dateDec 07, 2016 in Cell & Microbiology
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New biofuel cell with energy storage

Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. With the aid of enzymatic processes, what's known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. The trick: the enzymes ...

dateNov 15, 2016 in Materials Science
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Rockcress as heavy-metal hoover

Rockcress of the Arabidopsis halleri species is known to possess the capability of settling on hostile, heavy metal-contaminated soil. It stores extraordinary high concentrations of certain toxic heavy metals in its leaves: ...

dateOct 19, 2016 in Environment
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Biochemistry: combining two catalytic worlds

Chemical and biological catalysts tend to require very different reaction conditions, making their combination challenging. Researchers of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have succeeded in taking this hurdle by using a special ...

dateOct 19, 2016 in Materials Science
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