Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 20, 2017

Water bears deploy disordered proteins to survive desiccation

Proteins expressed by tardigrades also induce drying tolerance when expressed in bacteria and yeast
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: biological chemistry, biochemistry, genomics

Tardigrades, known affectionately as water bears, are microscopic, eight-legged creatures renowned for their ability to live through extreme environmental stresses, including desiccation, freezing, high pressure, radiation exposure, and even the vacuum of space. Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) may be the key to how tardigrades survive desiccation, according to a new study (Mol. Cell 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2017.02.018). A research team led by Thomas C. . . .

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