Research has identified a new way that viruses keep infected cells alive – so the viruses can use the cells to reproduce. The finding suggests it may be possible to target this process to treat viral infections.
When a protein folds correctly, it spurs a biological process in a cell -- one of many that enable the human body to live. Our bodies have about 100,000 distinct proteins, built from strings of amino acids, and each protein has a job to do.
How a key protein in cancer cells changes its shape, function and interactions with other proteins when exposed to different concentrations of cancer drugs is the topic of a University of Washington study published this week.