In a recent study, scientists claimed that super-resolution imaging techniques might have the ability to reveal how many proteins form a group.
Online PR News – 29-December-2014 – Shirley – Every cell in our human body has millions of proteins. These molecules play an important role in keeping our body healthy in a border sense. They are responsible for the structure, function and regulation of tissues and organs. To deal with more complex and specialized work, proteins have to form groups. However, just like the old saying goes: every coin has two sides. If the grouping is abnormal, then cancer would come, or heart and other diseases. The whole size of a protein group, according to scientific statistics, is 1/20,000 the width of a human hair, letting alone the size of a single protein. So it’s obviously difficult to figure out the make-up of groups in live cells.
Previously, protein grouping was mostly studied in test tubes, very little work has been done in living systems for its complexity and difficulties. In a recent study, scientists claimed that super-resolution imaging techniques might have the ability to reveal how many proteins form a group by genetically encoding small fluorescing molecules on proteins that will form groups. “Facilitated with this advanced technology, we can better understand what is normal and what is abnormal, which, indeed would be key to preventing and correcting abnormal grouping and eventually find the treatment for some cancers and diseases.” said one of the scientists.
This is written by Caroline from Creative Biomart.
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