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Molecular Biophysics

Articles on Molecular Biophysics, the study of biomolecules and particles involving the application of the principles and techniques of experimental physics in its attempt to understand their functions in order to characterize, manipulate, and modify living systems. The most important physical tools used for such research are the electron microscope, ultracentrifuge, and x-ray diffraction camera.

Molecular Biophysics Articles

Yale scientists 'see' basis of antibiotic resistance
Using X-ray crystallography, researchers at Yale have "seen" the structural basis for antibiotic resistance to common pathogenic bacteria, facilitating design of a new class of antibiotic drugs

Date: 5 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

UT Southwestern researchers define regions of human genes highly prone to mutation
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have taken the first step in defining the sites in human genes most prone to mutation

Date: 5 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.00

Aquaporins - the perfect water filters of the cell
Water regulation plays a crucial role in the human body

Date: 5 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.40

A cell-based screen for function of the four-helix bundle protein Rop: a new tool for combinatorial experiments in biophysics
The authors report a novel, robust, cell-based screen for function of the four-helix bundle protein, Rop.

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: 2.00, 7 pages

BCM, Rice make major advance in structural biology
Noted expert: advance one of the field's most significant in two decades

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Protein folding: Building a strong foundation
Study finds most stable parts of protein are the first to fold

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Molecular motor implicated in tissue remodeling
A well-known enzyme present in the skin and other tissues turns out to be a molecule-sized motor that extracts its fuel from the road it runs on, according to researchers

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Yale researchers find all of the gene targets for a protein
Using new DNA chip technology, Yale researchers have identified virtually all of the gene targets of some key proteins, known as transcription factors.

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Yale scientists visualize molecular detail of RNA splicing complex
Scientists in the department of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale revealed the crystal structure of the first described enzymatic RNA - what it looks like and how it reacts

Date: 13 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated

Structure and Composition of the Fusion Pore
The fusion pore or porosome was shown to be a cup-shaped lipoprotein structure, the base of which has t-SNAREs and allows for docking and release of secretory products from membrane-bound vesicles.

Date: 29 Jan 2007, Rating: 10.00, 6 pages

Breakthrough: Scientists Create 3-D Map Of Cell Membrane Ion Pump At Near Atomic Resolution
Scientists have succeeded in mapping the structure of an ion pump in cells' plasma membrane - the "bag" that holds human and animal cells together and separates them from neighboring cells.

Date: 29 Jan 2007, Rating: 5.50

Voltage-Induced Nonconductive Pre-Pores and Metastable Single Pores in Unmodified Planar Lipid Bilayer
In the present work the authors studied the conductance changes associated with the formation of the metastable transient single pores in unmodified BLMs under high electric field.

Date: 24 Aug 2006, Rating: not rated, 8 pages

Shear Force at the Cell-Matrix Interface: Enhanced Analysis for Microfabricated Post Array Detectors
In this article the authors studied the bending pattern of mPAD posts and found that shear force is the dominant force type applied by cells.

Date: 24 Aug 2006, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hydrophilic Pores in Lipid Bilayers
In this study the authors present extended, atomistic molecular dynamics simulations that have been conducted to enable us to understand, in detail, the structure and dynamics of transient membrane pores...

Date: 23 Aug 2006, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

'Micro-boxes' of water used to study single molecules
News: Researchers have demonstrated the use of water droplets as minuscule "boxes" for small numbers of biomolecules.

Date: 21 Aug 2006, Rating: not rated

New microscope allows scientists to track a functioning protein with atomic-level precision
News: A Stanford University research team has designed the first microscope sensitive enough to track the real-time motion of a single protein down to the level of its individual atoms.

Date: 21 Aug 2006, Rating: 5.00

Theoretical comparison of the self diffusion and mutual diffusion of interacting membrane proteins
In this paper the authors analyze the interaction dependence of two important types of diffusional phenomena in bidmembranes: self diffusion and mutual diffusion.

Date: 2 Jun 2007, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

World-leading microscope shows more detail than ever
News: A unique 3-dimensional microscope that works in a new way is giving unprecedented insight into microscopic internal structure and chemical composition.

Date: 21 Aug 2006, Rating: 10.00

Protein folding physics modeled at the atomic level
Researchers have created the first computer simulation of full-system protein folding thermodynamics at the atomic-level.

Date: 2 Jun 2007, Rating: 1.00

Study Pinpoints Rare Molecular 'Transitions' As Possible Cause Of Skin 'Photoaging'
Experimenting with lasers, hard-to-detect interactions between skin molecules and sunlight were discovered that eventually could cause the uncomplimentary changes characteristic of "photoaging."

Date: 28 Mar 2007, Rating: not rated