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Researchers engineer protein containers to regulate cellular activity

The researchers propose that their system, comprised of a protein capsid and a matching arginine tagged target enzyme, is a viable method of regulating enzyme activity within a cell. Their design is simple and easily applicable to other proteins.

Once again, research has yielded many useful applications for this system as it pushes us further towards cell activity control. Think of containing and regulating tumor growth, viral dependent enzymes and others. As the researchers admit, it still needs a lot of work but these preliminary results are promising.

From the creators of the award-winning and inspiring “Inner Life of a Cell,” comes the latest exploration into the bustling world inside our cells. Produced by BioVisions, a scientific visualization program at Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a Connecticut-based scientific animation company called Xvivo, Powering the Cell: Mitochondria gives us an intimate view of those sausage-like organelles that turn food into energy.