December 8, 2016 · University of Amsterdam · Sebastian Oener

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  • AMOLF researchers make one-way street for light

    Researchers at FOM institute AMOLF and the University of Texas at Austin have created a compact one-way street for light. That is remarkable because light waves can generally move in …

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  • AMOLF-onderzoekers maken eenrichtingsweg voor licht

    Onderzoekers van FOM-instituut AMOLF en de University of Texas in Austin maakten een compacte eenrichtingsweg voor licht.  Dat is opmerkelijk want lichtgolven kunnen eigenlijk altijd zowel heen als terug bewegen …

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  • Strange behaviour of biomaterials under stress now better understood

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Universal clamping protein stabilizes folded proteins

New insight into how the chaperone protein Hsp70 works

On October 26th Nature published a study that overturns the decades-old textbook model of action for a protein that is central for many processes in living cells. Researchers at the FOM Institute AMOLF and the University of Heidelberg show that the protein Hsp70 can mechanically stabilize folded proteins using a moveable lid, and thus protect them against stress and damage. This insight into how proteins help each other offers a new perspective on diverse cellular functions and can ultimately lead to a better understanding of diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s, in which failing protein systems are central.

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