Researchers produce record-length mirror-image protein

28 julio 2014

Biochemists have reported an advance in the production of functional mirror-image proteins. In a new study, they have chemically synthesized a record-length mirror-image protein and used this protein to demonstrate that a cellular chaperone, which helps «fold» large or complex proteins into their functional state, has a previously unappreciated talent — the ability to fold mirror-image proteins. These findings will greatly facilitate mirror-image protein production for applications in drug discovery and synthetic biology.