November 25, 2013
Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that’s big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a remarkably fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists’ ability to create biofuels using the hardy microbe Synechococcus, which turns sunlight into useful energy. The team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory glimpsed key chemical events, known as redox reactions, inside living cells of the organism. The publication in ACS Chemical Biology marks the first time that redox activity, a very fast regulatory network involved in all major aspects of a cell’s operation, has been observed in specific proteins within living cells.
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