Membrane transport proteins: surprises in structural sameness

Journal name:
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Volume:
17,
Pages:
2–3
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DOI:
doi:10.1038/nsmb0110-2

An X-ray crystal structure of an organic anion transporter identifies it as an ion channel instead. Its similarity to an unrelated family of water channels raises evolutionary questions that have been recently bubbling up around membrane proteins.

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  1. Douglas L. Theobald and Christopher Miller are in the Department of Biochemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

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