Researchers Develop New Way To See Proteins In Motion

A new imaging technique to see proteins live in motion has been developed. The feat achieved by researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center comes as a response to electric field pulses and X-rays acting on protein particles.

Given that subtle motions govern protein functions that take place on nano time scales of trillionths of a second, the study offers great potential in knowing how proteins work.


Researchers capture membrane protein folding for first time in 3D and at single-atom level

Membrane proteins are popular drug targets, as they are exposed to the environment surrounding the cell. Capturing their movements in video, the authors say, is potentially a revolutionary step forward in drug development.