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Researchers Observe Single Protein Dimers Wavering Between Two Symmetrically-opposed Structures
June 19, 2009
Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute, the University of California, San Diego, and Ohio State University have used a very sensitive fluorescence technique to find that a bacterial protein, thought to exist in one "natural," 3-D structure (shape), can actually twist itself into a second form, depending on the protein's chemical environment. One folded form is active and the other is inactive, but the protein can easily morph from one state to another.
Scripps Research Institute
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