HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
European funding for research on biomolecular nanomachines

This release is also available in German

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, and from eight other scientific institutions in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Italy have received 2 Million Euro from the European Union for research on "Active Biomimetic Systems". These systems involve two types of biomolecular nanomachines, growing filaments and stepping motors, which are able to generate force in the nanodomain. The research network, which is coordinated by Prof. Reinhard Lipowsky, will elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying this force generation and will explore new possibilities for the integration of these molecular machines into nano- and microsystems. The network was launched on May 1, 2005.

Biomimetic systems mimic or imitate certain aspects of biological systems. One astounding aspect of biological cells is their ability to undergo dramatic morphological transformations: they can adapt their shape in order to squeeze themselves through very narrow pores, they can extend long 'feet' in order to crawl along surfaces, and they can divide themselves up into two daughter cells. All of these transformation processes are based on two types of biomolecular nanomachines: growing filaments and stepping motors.

Both types of nanomachines are constructed from proteins but use distinct mechanisms for force generation. Filaments are rod-like structures with a thickness of about 10 nanometers but a length of many micrometers. One end of the filament grows by the addition of nanometer-sized building blocks and, in this way, generates a pushing force. Stepping motors are proteins with two identical 'legs', which are about 10 nanometers in size. When in contact with a filament, such a motor undergoes a certain conformational transformation, a so-called "power stroke", which enables the motor to generate a pulling
'"/>

Contact: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lipowsky
Reinhard.Lipowsky@mpikg.mpg.de
49-331-567-9600
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
3-Jun-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. European Science Foundations Forward Look reaches out beyond the endless frontiers
2. The UAB heads a European research project on proteases and pathological processes
3. Journalists can register now for ECCO 14 -- the European Cancer Conference
4. Climate changes brews trouble for marine life in European Seas, Marine Board-ESF report says
5. Early Europeans unable to stomach milk
6. European launch of International Polar Year 2007-2008
7. IDIBAPS participates in European Network on antibiotic resistances and hospital infections
8. European approval of HIV drug darunavir will provide a potent new option with Fuzeon
9. European launch of International Polar Year 2007-2008
10. European Federation of Biotechnology and Elsevier announce launch of biotechnology journal
11. Putting a face on the earliest modern Europeans

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/23/2017)... 2017  The general public,s help is being enlisted in what,s thought ... in and on the human body –and are believed to affect health.  ... The Microbiome Immunity Project is the ... with the gut. The project's goal is to help advance scientific knowledge ... ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... HAMPTON, Va. , Aug. 15 2017   ivWatch LLC ... effectiveness of intravenous (IV) therapy, today announced receipt of its ISO ... (QMS) developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO®). ... ivWatch Model 400 Continuous Monitoring device for ... "This ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... DAL ) customers now can use fingerprints instead of their boarding ... ... biometrics to board aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport ... Delta,s biometric boarding pass experience that launched in May at the ... to allow eligible Delta SkyMiles Members who are enrolled in CLEAR to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... news outlet had initiated coverage on NuLife Sciences. According to Soulstring, NuLife Sciences ... transplant industry, focused on kidney transplant technology that integrates proprietary recellularization processes intended ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... ability to manipulate 3D models of pediatric patients’ neuroanatomy and accurately tailor radiation ... of the Journal of Medical Imaging. The advance is reported in an article ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... Mettler-Toledo, one of the market leaders in product ... . This turnkey system inspects labels, prints, and packaging properties fully automatically, and, thanks ... lines and extended as needed. , The high-end version of the V2630 was ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... announced that two market innovators, Munich Re , one of the world’s ... (IQT), the strategic investor that accelerates the development of technologies to support the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: