Technique Adds Proteins To Membranes At Specific Sites And Times | April 20, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 16 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 16 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 20, 2015 | Web Date: April 16, 2015

Technique Adds Proteins To Membranes At Specific Sites And Times

Biomodification: Lipid, linker, and photocaging give researchers exquisite control over accessorizing cell membranes and vesicles
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: SNAP-tags, membranes, vesicles, proteins

Researchers have developed the first technique that covalently attaches proteins at specific locations and times on phospholipid membranes or synthetic vesicles.

Cellular processes such as signaling, metabolism, and division require control over where and when proteins attach to membranes. The ability to design protein-coupled membranes or cells in a space- and time-controlled manner could aid research on such processes and lead to artificial cells with novel functions.

It has been possible to link proteins covalently . . .

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