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Major step for drug discovery and diagnostics
Date:2/12/2009

and the results are very promising. When looking for new drugs, the researchers wants to study the interaction between membrane proteins and other molecules e.g. potential drugs. It can also be used for the detection of virus, bacteria and parasites. A European consortium that is currently under construction, involving approximately 15 different laboratories, including both private companies and universities, will exploit the perspectives of this promising method.

Pharmaceutical industry interested

Our results indicate that the function of the tested proteins is not affected by the immobilisation. This makes it a general method that can be used for studying any membrane protein to virtually any surface. Membrane proteins involved in various diseases can be tested and our results can already now be used in the pharmaceutical industry to screen for new drugs and for diagnostics, says Dr. Jean-Luc Popot, head of the group at National Centre for Scientific Research and, in collaboration with R. Audebert and C. Tribet, the inventor of amphipols.


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Contact: Gitte Frandsen
gf@nano.ku.dk
452-875-0458
University of Copenhagen
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