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IJS researchers participated in a group that produced a new synthetic protein

Ljubljana, May 16 – An international group of researchers, including researchers from the IJS Institute, produced a macromolecule of hollow proteins that resembles a soccer ball in its form that promises to be used in pharmaceutical products to transfer active ingredients target cell sites were reported by the IJS. The results of the study were published today by the prestigious journal Nature.

Researchers, led by Jonathan Heddle of Krakow University of Jagiellon, produce a protein macromolecule composed of 24 protein antennae and a very robust structure, secured with gold atoms instead of a thread.

Since similar protein molecules with hollow structure in organisms control important vital functions, the new discovery is interesting because it promises to use the pharmacy to transfer the active ingredients to the target sites in the cells. The shell of such a hollow structure can protect and transmit selected molecules in living things, they write to JSI.

In addition, according to IJS, the protein molecule is also very interesting geometrically because the correct polyhedrons can not be composed of eighth, and the nature of the self-regulation of this protein molecule of the disease and the slight deformation constitute a "forbidden" four eleven.

Researchers from Poland, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada, together with researchers at the Joseph Stefan Institute have shown that such protein cells can be made, they have opened a new direction for the creation of synthetic proteins.

The IJS included Mitja Kelemen, Primož Vavpetič and Primož Pelicon, who conducted an IJS ion accelerator study in Podgorica near Ljubljana.

The discovery was presented today by the Nature magazine, which also means an important recognition for the researchers, they write in the IJS.

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