Recently identified protein group plays major role in nature

Proteins are the "workhorses" in every living cell and constitute the chemical basis of life. These little machines are required to turn food into energy, to manage motion and brain activities and to fight off bacteria and ...

Solving the ice problem in cryo-electron microscopy

Cryo-EM requires protein samples to be frozen before they are imaged using an electron microscope. This revolutionary technique and its application to structural biology was the focus of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2017 ...

First 3D structure of regulator protein revealed

Proteins are indispensable components in living organisms. They are not only "building material" for the body—they also make molecular communication between cells possible, they are needed for nerve impulses to occur, and ...

Decoding protein assembly dynamics with artificial protein needles

Protein assembly is essential for the formation of ordered biological structures, but imagine engineering one. This is exactly what researchers at Tokyo Tech have now accomplished with protein needles. By regulating the tip-to-tip ...

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