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Inner workings of a cellular nanomotor revealed
Date:2/5/2014

parts dissociate and the remaining single piston pushes the protein out in cycles of repeated motions.

The discovery adds a significant piece in the puzzle of exploiting protein migration to improve health. "Moving forward, this discovery will help us focus efforts to find specific antibiotics against harmful bacterial protein secretion pathways," says Dr Economou. "It also offers the possibility to optimise biotechnological production of human biopharmaceuticals by using microbial 'cell factories' for secreting biopharmaceuticals. We will be pursuing these avenues in future research."


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Contact: Professor Tassos Economou
tassos.economou@rega.kuleuven.be
32-163-79273
KU Leuven
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