Structural basis of salicylic acid perception by Arabidopsis NPR proteins
Dr. Ning Zheng
Zheng lab reveals how the plant immunity hormone, salicylic acid, which is also the precursor of Aspirin, is perceived by its receptor protein in plants. The results give us a hint on what the same molecule might be able to do in human cells besides targeting the cyclooxygenases.
Discovery of an unexpected iron-sulfur cluster embedded in a human ubiquitin ligase sheds light on how fluctuations in iron and oxygen levels regulate iron homeostasis in human cells through an oxygen-sensitive protein-protein interface.
Atomic-level studies of the architecture of tiny sodium channel proteins, critical to generating electrical signals that start off each beat of the heart, are imparting striking details about their function, malfunctions, disruption by many disease mutations, and response to medication. …