Researchers revisit the role of conformational dynamics and the protein ensemble in catalysis

21 February 2017|0 Comments

Researchers in Prosser Lab and Pai Lab recently published in Science on the Role of Dimer Asymmetry and Protomer Dynamics in Enzyme Catalysis.

The associated YouTube video can be viewed here.


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Houry lab identifies a novel regulator of respiratory chain complexes

13 February 2017|0 Comments

An interaction between the respiratory enzyme fumarate reductase (Frd, also known as Complex II) and an ATPase has been identified in E. coli by the Houry lab. The research shows that the RavA ATPase, belonging to a poorly characterized but ubiquitous MoxR family of AAA+ ATPases, associates with the Frd respiratory enzyme through an adaptor, […]

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Ernst Lab discover new way to crystallize membrane proteins

7 February 2017|0 Comments

The laboratory of Dr. Oliver Ernst has used X-ray crystallography to determine the structure of a membrane protein that never left a lipid-bilayer environment (i.e., without the use of conventional detergents). The work, published in Structure and highlighted on the Journal’s cover, was led by postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jana Broecker. Polymer-bounded lipid nanodiscs were used […]

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Ensminger lab discovers a class of bacterial effectors with novel regulatory activities

3 February 2017|0 Comments

Many bacterial pathogens modulate their hosts through complex arsenals of effector proteins that are injected into host cell during infection. Indeed, the concept that effectors target host proteins and processes to modulate their activities is central to the current molecular understanding of host-pathogen interactions. Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of a deadly pneumonia known as […]

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Lingwood Lab discover new approach to rescue endogenous misfolded proteins

1 February 2017|0 Comments

Newly made proteins which do not quite achieve the correct 3D shape in the ER are moved to the cell cytoplasm via a specific membrane pore, and broken down. Many disease causing gene mutations e.g. in cystic fibrosis, also result in misfolding of the mutant protein, and its transport though this pore, for cytoplasmic degradation. […]