New research supports model for nuclear pore complex

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 13:56 in Physics & Chemistry

The pores that control what passes in and out of the cell nucleus play a crucial role in the cell’s metabolism and signaling. Defects in structure and function of these gatekeepers, known as nuclear pore complexes, can have lethal consequences. New research reveals secrets about what may be a key design feature of these structures, a flexibility enabling the import and export of large molecules.

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