Research publications

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Research publications 2018

Secretin protein with a crown

January 12, 2018

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

Research publications 2017

Structure of channelrhodopsin determined

November 30, 2017

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


Information filter for immune defence

November 13, 2017

Researchers are deciphering the structure of the MHC-I peptide-loading complex. [more]

Detecting new proteins in behaving mice

November 06, 2017

By using innovative labeling methods, Max Planck researchers develop a technique to measure newly synthesized proteins in the active mouse brain [more]

Research publications 2015

Optogenetics: Sodium pump could act as light switch

April 10, 2015

The structure of the light-driven ion pump KR2 may provide a blueprint for new optogenetic tools [more]

Research publications 2011

Optogenetics – Combination switch turns neurons on and off

December 22, 2011

Max Planck scientists control neurons using two linked light channels [more]


Gene switch for odorant receptors

November 10, 2011

Tiny regulatory elements in the genome regulate the probability that olfactory sensory neurons choose a particular odorant receptor gene for expression [more]


Ultra light-sensitive and fast light switches for nerve cells

April 04, 2011

The use of a highly light-sensitive membrane protein enables precise control of nerve cell activity with weak light stimuli. [more]

Research publications 2010

Light switches for nerve cells

April 06, 2010

Max Planck scientists revolutionize neurobiology and win coveted science prize [more]

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