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Ion pumps made crystal clear

The function of every cell in our bodies depends on the work of proteins known as ion pumps. Several new crystal structures cast fresh light on how three different pumps deal with their distinct cargoes of ions.

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Figure 1: Three P-type ion pumps have similar structures.

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Gadsby, D. Ion pumps made crystal clear. Nature 450, 957–959 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/450957a

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