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Free Actin and Effects on Lung Macrophage Bacterial Defenses
Actin release into the circulation and extracellular space, with subsequent removal by the actin scavenging protein plasma gelsolin (pGSN), has long been reported in injury and infection. Our laboratory’s recent finding ...
Genetic Engineering Toward a 57-Codon Genome
Scientific progress in fundamental biology has drastically transformed our ability to engineer biological systems, with diverse applications in medicine and industry, from insulin and artemisin production in prokaryotes ...
The Role of MreB in Producing Rod-Shaped Bacterial Cells
MreB, an actin homolog, is known to form short, membrane-associated filaments that move circumferentially in rod-shaped bacteria, in association with cell wall-synthesizing enzymes. Despite being essential for rod shape, ...