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Unlocking Proteins From Their Cellular Shell


August 2, 2007

cells undergoing tension Applying physical stress to cells, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that everyday forces can alter the structure of proteins tucked within cells, unfold them, and expose new targets in the fight against disease. The findings for both simple red blood cells and more versatile stem cells show that hidden and folded parts of proteins can be exposed by physical strain. Full Story

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