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Novel Protein Is Both Ion Channel And Enzyme

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January 19, 2001
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Researchers have discovered a new protein component of cell-signaling pathways that does double duty—acting as both an ion channel that controls calcium entry into cells and as an enzyme that activates itself and perhaps other proteins. While they do not yet know how the protein is activated, they have found that it is present in many tissues, including brain, kidney and heart.

January 19, 2001 — Researchers have discovered a new protein component of cell-signaling pathways that does double duty—acting as both an ion channel that controls calcium entry into cells and as an enzyme that activates itself and perhaps other proteins. While they do not yet know how the protein is activated, they have found that it is present in many tissues, including brain, kidney and heart. The researchers speculate that the protein might be involved in cell proliferation or cell death, making it a potential new drug target.


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