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Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover How Molecular Motors Go Into 'Energy Save Mode'

August 11, 2011

motor domains The transport system inside living cells is a well-oiled machine with tiny protein motors hauling vital cargo around the cell. A new study in the Aug. 12 issue of Science, describes how the motors save energy, when their transport services aren't required. The solution to this molecular puzzle provides new insight into how molecular motor proteins are regulated, and may open new avenues for the treatment of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's. Full Story

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