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21.05.2014

New Light Shed on “Chameleon Proteins”

Neutrons reveal power play in myelin basic protein

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| © Forschungszentrum Jülich

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDP) are the quick-change artists of protein molecules. In aqueous solution, they have no clearly defined structure and can bend with a high degree of flexibility. Jülich neutron researchers have circumvented the shortcomings of conventional methods by using a novel approach to obtain new insights into these chameleon-like proteins. Their findings revolutionize prevailing assumptions about the biomolecular functioning of this key element of the central nervous system and have been published in the journal JACS.
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Original Publication:
Internal Nanosecond Dynamics in the Intrinsically Disordered Myelin Basic Protein;
A. M. Stadler et al.;
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Publication Date (Web): April 23, 2014;
DOI: 10.1021/ja502343b

More Information:
Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Contact:
Dr. Andreas M. Stadler, Forschungszentrum Jülich,
Jülich Centre for Neutron Science,
Phone: +0049 2461 61-4502,
Email: a.stadler@fz-juelich.de

Press Contact:
Angela Wenzik, Wissenschaftsjournalistin,
Forschungszentrum Jülich,
Phone: +0049 2461 61-6048,
Email: a.wenzik@fz-juelich.de

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