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Molecular motors

Kinesin steps back

Kinesin is a protein motor that ferries membrane-bound packages around cells — but only in one direction. Forcing it into reverse provides clues to its inner workings and to how molecular machines might be engineered.

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Figure 1: A motor in reverse.

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Molloy, J., Schmitz, S. Kinesin steps back. Nature 435, 285–287 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/435285a

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