Scripps: Scientists Expand Toolbox to Study Cellular Function

Scripps: Scientists Expand Toolbox to Study Cellular Function

Scripps:  Scientists Expand Toolbox to Study Cellular Function

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a new tool for studying the molecular details of protein structure.

Their new study, published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explores how evolution can be used to discover new and useful enzyme tools, called proteases. Proteases cleave proteins into smaller peptide pieces that scientists can then analyze to determine the identity of the protein and whether a cell has made chemical changes to the protein that might alter its function.

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