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29 Aug

How do molecular motors convert chemical energy in to mechanical work?

Molecular motors are complex devices composed of many different parts that consume energy to perform various cellular activities. In short, molecular machines transform energy into useful work. Understanding the mechanistical aspects underlying these motors begins with generating a detailed description of their overall architecture and atomic organisation. However, to uncover the core mechanisms energizing these motors it is essential to decode all of the molecular dynamics in atomic detail. Now, the research team of Thomas C. Marlovits from the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB at DESY and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg reveals the architecture, complete functional cycle and the mechanism of such a molecular motor: They report in the journal Nature, how a 'RuvAB branch migration...
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