About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

A New Tool for Studying Membrane Protein Structure Developed By UCSB Research Group

by Rukmani Krishna on October 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Font : A-A+

 A New Tool for Studying Membrane Protein Structure Developed By UCSB Research Group

Transporting chemicals and messages between a cell and its environment is done by membrane proteins. But determining their structure has proved challenging for scientists. A study by UC Santa Barbara's Han Research Group demonstrates a new tool to resolve the structure of membrane-embedded and membrane-associating proteins using the water dynamics gradient they found across and above the lipid bilayer as a unique ruler.

More than 25 percent of all human proteins are membrane proteins, which perform other essential functions, such as sensing and signaling. They also constitute approximately 50 percent of current drug targets, but the structure of only a small percentage has been resolved.

Advertisement

The UCSB study came about when researchers discovered that water on the membrane surface has a very distinct movement pattern: It is slowed down because the water is attracted to the membrane surface across several water layers. The scientists then wondered whether they could use this as an intrinsic ruler to determine how the associating protein is anchored into the membrane.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
How to Battle Boredom during COVID
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Magical Millets for Your Health Diet and Nutrition Tips for Athletes Nutrition IQ 

Recommended Reading
Understanding Anatomy of Membrane Proteins Could Lead to New Therapies
By mapping the anatomy of a membrane protein for the first time in Australia, researchers at ......
Broader Vaccines Possible Via Cell Membrane Proteins: Pitt/Children's Hospital Team
It has emerged that vaccines with broader reach might be made by stimulating specialized immune ......
Diet and Nutrition Tips for Athletes
Athletes can be physically fit by consuming a well balanced nutritious diet, which keeps them mental...
Magical Millets for Your Health
Millets are far more nutrient dense than wheat and rice. They are inexpensive and tasty too. Nutriti...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use