Divide and Conquer: High Resolution Structural Information on TRP Channel Fragments
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CitationGaudet, Rachelle. 2009. Divide and conquer: High resolution structural information on TRP channel fragments. The Journal of General Physiology 133(3): 231-237.
AbstractUnderstanding how proteins facilitate signaling and substrate transport across biological membranes is an important frontier of structural biology. Membrane proteins are the doors and windows of cells: many membrane proteins are gates of entry into or exit from cells or cellular compartments, and others allow cells to sense their environment. One important multifunctional family of membrane proteins is the transient receptor potential (TRP) family of ion channels. TRP channels have recently been the subject of multiple structural analyses, both low resolution electron microscopy studies (reviewed by Moiseenkova-Bell and Wensel in this issue [p. 239]) and the divide and conquer approach of determining high resolution crystal structures of channel fragments, reviewed here.
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