Waking proteins up from deep sleep to study their motions

30 abril 2015

In order to carry out their functions, proteins need to move. Scientists have developed a new technique to study motions in proteins with unprecedented accuracy. The method, which is based on NMR, freezes proteins down to immobility, then slowly heats them to ‘wake them up’ and restart motions individually and in sequence, providing a slow-motion image of real conditions.