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Rice, UCSD Scientists Probe Form, Function of Mysterious Protein
January 26, 2012
Using computer models and laboratory experiments, scientists from Rice University and the University of California, San Diego, have probed the structure of the protein mitoNEET to better understand its role in aging, cancer and diabetes. They found the protein could untangle its arms at one end to loosen its grip on a potentially toxic molecule of iron and sulfur. Their research is described this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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