The ordered areas of proteins are readily studied. Consequently, a great deal is known about the role of these areas in the biological function of the respective proteins. However, an international research team led by biochemist Prof. Dr Ute Hellmich has shown that disordered areas are also pivotal. Their comprehensive examination of the disordered area of a receptor channel protein has been published in the renowned scientific journal “Nature Communications.” The group demonstrated through eleven different methods how this area influences the function of the entire protein. Therefore, disordered protein areas should not be overlooked in research, even though they may not always be straightforward to investigate.
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