Optogenetic tools for targeted cell stimulation

  • A team of Graz scientists led by Andreas Winkler from the Institute of Biochemistry at TU Graz, Austria, has set a milestone in the future development of novel red light- regulated optogenetic tools for targeted cell stimulation.
  • The results of the research have been published in the open access journal, Science Advances.
  • The research contributes to better understanding the modularity of naturally occurring protein domains and being able to develop new optogenetic tools.
  • Diverse combinations of different sensor modules are found in nature, such as red-light sensors, blue-light sensors and pH sensors — sometimes with identical and sometimes different effectors.
  • From this, the researchers conclude that there are molecular similarities in signal transduction.

Source: The Hindu

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