Scientists for the first time have viewed how bacterial proteins self-assemble into thin sheets and begin to form the walls of the outer shell for nano-sized polyhedral compartments that function as specialized factories. Researchers in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division determined the 3-D structure of the basic building block protein from crystallized samples in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at the Advanced Light Source. Their findings may eventually help improve drug delivery systems. Read more in the Berkeley Lab News Center.
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