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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    | Open Access

    Adree Khondker and Maikel Rheinstadter discuss how bacteria escape being killed by polymyxin antibiotics. Touching on their recent Communications Biology paper, they elaborate on the mechanism by which the bacterial membrane becomes resistant and on future directions to take in order to understand this phenomenon.

    • Adree Khondker
    •  & Maikel C. Rheinstädter
  • News and Views |

    A recent study reports the first high-resolution, cryo-electron microscopy-based structure of zebrafish Na+-K+-Cl cotransporter 1 (NKCC1). This structure provides important insights into the determinants of ion translocation by NKCC1 and other cation-Cl cotransporters such as NKCC2. It could thus facilitate the design of drugs to target these transporters individually.

    • Alexandre P. Garneau
    •  & Paul Isenring
  • Research Highlights |

    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