Membrane biophysics

Membrane biophysics is the study of the physical principles governing biological membranes, including lipid-raft formation and protein–lipid coupling, as well as their mechanical characteristics, and the effect they have on paracellular transport and phenomena relating to cell shape.

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    Bacteria sense metal ions using proteins whose interactions with DNA are sensitive to metal ion availability and identity. Less competitive metal ions trigger protein–DNA binding only at high concentrations.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlights |

    A new development in high-speed atomic force microscopy enables microsecond resolution.

    • Katarzyna M. Marcinkiewicz
  • News and Views |

    Maintaining plasma membrane tension is important for eukaryotic cells. How altered membrane tension is sensed and relayed to downstream factors, such as the target of rapamyin complex 2 (TORC2), is poorly understood. Reorganization of a signalling lipid into discrete membrane domains is now shown to inactivate TORC2 in yeast.

    • Michael Ebner
    •  & Volker Haucke
    Nature Cell Biology 20, 994-995