New Way to Study Protein in Living Cells Was Found
Blog Mar 17, 2015
It is a common knowledge that proteins are the most essential biochemical molecules that are needed to form body mass for living beings. The are building blocks of our lives. It can be said that they are involved in all the process of our body functions. Since the key role it plays, it has always been a focus for scientific study. Which proteins interact wit each other and where they meet within cells are both interesting topics for scientists to figure out. With those questions answered, scientists will be able to feather illustrate the state and activity of the molecular machinery that dives the fundamental functions of our life, for example the division of cells.
A recently published study has claimed that a new technique developed by scientists can help scientists to study the behavior of proteins in living cells. And it was said to be the first time to follow protein networks that drive a biological process in real time.
According to the chief scientist of this study, the core of this novel technology is a method that has first been originally developed in 1970s, called fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). The magic of this method lies in its ability to measure where proteins move and when they meet. To some extend, the scientists explained, this method is similar to the GPS technique.
“By employing our method, a lot of time can be saved. And in the long run, our new technique might be useful for scientists to investigate the mechanism of disease and for pharmaceutical companies to explore new drug targets” added the chief scientist of this research.
This is written by Caroline from Creative BioMart.