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New Discovery Blurs Distinction Between Human Cells And Those Of Bacteria

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August 12, 2005
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UCLA biochemists reveal the first structural details of a family of mysterious objects called microcompartments that seem to be present in a variety of bacteria, and the first high resolution insights into how they function. The discovery blurs the distinction between eukaryotic cells and those of prokaryotes by showing that bacterial cells are more complex than imagined.

The first three-dimensional structure of the protein building blocks that make up the shell of bacterial microcompartments, determined by Todd Yeates, Cheryl Kerfeld and their UCLA biochemistry colleagues.
Credit: T. Yeates, C. Kerfeld/ UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry

UCLA biochemists reveal the first structural details of a family of mysterious objects called microcompartments that seem to be present in a variety of bacteria. The discovery was published Aug. 5 in the journal Science.


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