CSI at the service of cellulose synthesis

(PhysOrg.com) -- Grains, vegetables and fruit taste delicious and are important sources of energy. However, humans cannot digest the main component of plants - the cellulose in the cell wall. Even in ruminants, animals that ...

Microscopic technique to observe antibiotics live in action

A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action. This marks an exciting first, because even though doctors have been prescribing this antibiotic for over a decade, its ...

Newly discovered mechanism could regulate gene activity

Many bacterial species have genes called mraZ and mraW, which are located in a cluster of genes that regulate cell division and cell wall synthesis. Despite the prevalence of these two genes, very little is known about their ...

Anthrax targets

A trawl of the genome of the deadly bacterium Bacillus anthracis has revealed a clutch of targets for new drugs to combat an epidemic of anthrax or a biological weapons attack. The targets are all proteins that are found ...

Enzymes for cell wall synthesis conserved across species barriers

Plants have neither supportive bone tissue nor muscles, and yet they can form rigid structures like stalks and even tree trunks. This is due to the fact that plant cells are enveloped by a stable cell wall. The main component ...

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