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Computer Simulation Reveals Nano-Switch That Activates Cell-Binding Function Of Key Protein In The Body

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February 18, 1999
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University Of Washington
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Flipping a nano-scale molecular switch may regulate the cell-binding function of a protein involved in healing and other fundamental biological activities. Computer simulations show that, like untying a shoelace, tugging on a strand of the protein fibronectin unravels a loop critical to cell recognition but otherwise leaves the protein intact for reactivation.

Flipping a nano-scale molecular switch may regulate the cell-binding function of a protein involved in healing and other fundamental biological activities. Computer simulations show that, like untying a shoelace, tugging on a strand of the protein fibronectin unravels a loop critical to cell recognition but otherwise leaves the protein intact for reactivation.


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