Issue Date: February 17, 2014
Antifreeze Protein Works From Inside Out
To survive wintry weather, organisms such as fish, insects, and plants have developed antifreeze proteins that inhibit growth of ice crystals in their tissues. Studying one such protein called Maxi from winter flounder, researchers in Canada have discovered that the protein has an unexpected structure. Unlike similar antifreeze proteins—and unlike other proteins, generally—Maxi incorporates sheets of hundreds of water molecules into its core (Science 2014, DOI: . . .
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