cell biology

Microtubules, Motor Proteins And Nano-patterning

Two kinds of kinesin molecular motors have different properties of coordination, Kyoto University’s School of Engineering has found. The findings were made possible thanks to a new tool the team developed that parks individual motors on platforms thousands of times smaller than a single cell. “Kinesin is a motor protein that is involved in actions [...]

A cellular pump known to move drugs like antibiotics out of E. coli bacteria has the potential to bring them in as well, researchers in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry have discovered. The finding could revise almost 50 years of thinking about how these types of transporters function in the cell. Cells must [...]

Smartphone Display Lighting Can Activate Live Cells

Lighting technology used in smartphone displays is able to activate live cells that are genetically programmed to respond to light, scientists at the University of St Andrews have revealed. The findings as “a bit like cells watching TV”, in the words of Professor Malte Gather from the School of Physics and Astronomy, who led the [...]