Volume 85 Issue 43 | pp. 56-57
Issue Date: October 22, 2007

Protein Baby Pictures

An NMR study enables analysis of a protein while it's still busy being born on the ribosome
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE

WHEN A BABY is born, one of the first things that one wants to do is take pictures of it. But for baby proteins newly biosynthesized on ribosomes, obtaining structural pictures has proved extraordinarily difficult. After a nine-year effort, a European group has now achieved that long-sought goal by structurally analyzing and characterizing a nascent protein chain while it was still being created.

The study shows that a baby protein can fold at least partially . . .

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