Structural Biology

A pocket full of water molecules

Max Planck researchers from Dortmund reveal the tiniest details of actin filaments more

More than microscopes can show

Computer simulations visualize how an essential stem cell protein opens wrapped DNA
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Mechanism of bacterial toxins in deadly attacks

Cryo-EM and protein NMR 3D snapshots reveal sophisticated mechanism of action of a bacterial Tc toxin more

Shedding light on the mechanisms of cystinuria

Calcium ions tie cystine transporters for correct trafficking and function more

First 3D snapshot of the CCAN protein complex

Structure of key protein for cell division puzzles researchers more

Microbial Juggling

Researchers discovered how a soil microbe could rev up artificial photosynthesis more

Structure of the kinetochore corona revealed

Max Planck researchers in Dortmund uncover what constitutes the "crown” of the kinetochore more

Human epithelial cells (green with blue nuclei) are incubated with synthetic SARS-CoV-2 virions (magenta) to study the initial of infection and immune evasion.

Researchers create minimalistic Sars-CoV-2 virions and discover the spike protein switching mechanism more

Nebulin no longer nebulous

Max Planck Institute’s researchers visualise the structure of the muscle protein nebulin using electron cryo-tomography more

Bacteria’s hidden weapon: toxins locked inside a capsule secured by a cork

New insights into the bacterial type VI secretion system could one day help to develop antibacterial and antifungal applications
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Human epithelial cells (green with blue nuclei) are incubated with synthetic SARS-CoV-2 virions (magenta) to study the initial of infection and immune evasion.

Researchers create minimalistic Sars-CoV-2 virions and discover the spike protein switching mechanism more

Bacteria’s hidden weapon: toxins locked inside a capsule secured by a cork

New insights into the bacterial type VI secretion system could one day help to develop antibacterial and antifungal applications
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<span>Molecular mechanisms of corona drug candidate Molnupiravir unraveled</span>

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg have elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms by which the antiviral compound Molnupiravir blocks the replication of the coronavirus in the event of infection. more

Zooming in on muscle cells

Max Planck Institute’s researchers use electron cryo-tomography to reveal novel molecular details of skeletal sarcomeres more

Bacteria adapt syringe apparatus to changing conditions

Study shows how pathogenic bacteria can adapt to varying conditions of the digestive tract more

Unravelling the coronavirus structure

Researchers at Max Planck Institutes are getting to the bottom of the structure of SARS-CoV2 and thus laying important foundations for the development of effective medication more

<span>Patrick Cramer receives the 2021 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine</span>

The award is one of the most prestigious in Europe. With this prize the Louis-Jeantet Foundation honors the director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry for his pioneering work in the field of gene transcription.  more

Why remdesivir does not fully stop the coronavirus

New results explain why the drug that has been approved in Europe and the United Statehas has a rather weak effect more

The order of life

A new model that describes the organization of organisms could lead to a better understanding of biological processes more

World record resolution in cryo electron microscopy

Novel technique developed by Max Planck researchers in Göttingen visualizes individual atoms in a protein with cryo electron microscopy for the first time more

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Scientific highlights 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 13 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Secretin protein with a crown

Researchers elucidate the structure of a molecular machine that allows bacteria to import foreign DNA and become resistant to antibiotics more

Structure of channelrhodopsin determined

Researchers discover structure and mechanism of action of molecular light switch, paving the way for new applications more

Stiff fibres spun from slime

Under the influence of shear forces, nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form polymer fibres that can be recycled in water more

<p>Shining a light on molecular switches</p>

First structural insights obtained from femtosecond X-ray crystallography more

Deceptive teeth

Although the dentition of the wedgefish appear designed to crush shellfish, it also eats stingrays more

Green chemistry from the mussel foot

The byssus threads of the common mussel are produced by a combination of self-assembly processes and biologically active steps more

The first glimpse of a single protein

A folded protein molecule can be clearly imaged with the help of electron holograms more

Light microscopy provides a deep look into protein structure

An innovative fluorescence microscopy method makes it possible to image protein structures with a resolution of less than half an Angstrom more

Why is Usain Bolt the fastest person on Earth?

Max Planck researchers observe muscles at work with the help of new microscopes more

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