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Clamour for a kiss

Precisely how proteins snake their way through channels in cell membranes is unclear. Complexes between the SecY channel and its motor protein, and the use of a 'molecular endoscope', provide fascinating clues.

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Figure 1: Protein translocation in bacterial cells.

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Economou, A. Clamour for a kiss. Nature 455, 879–880 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/455879a

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