Research reveals how cells communicate at the molecular level. They found that sugar molecules play a key role in cellular communication, serving as the ‘channels’ that cells and proteins use to talk to one another. This work also provides researchers with a new tool to study other living systems in incredible detail, enabling future breakthroughs in fields from materials science to nanomedicine. Paper.(open access) – Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger, Qi Xiao, Nina Yu. Kostina, Samuel E. Sherman, Khosrow Rahimi, Benjamin E. Partridge, Shangda Li, Dipankar Sahoo, Aracelee M. Reveron Perez, Irene Buzzacchera, Hong Han, Meir Kerzner, Ishita Malhotra, Martin Möller, Christopher J. Wilson, Matthew C. Good, Mark Goulian, Tobias Baumgart, Michael L. Klein, Virgil Percec. Encoding biological recognition in a bicomponent cell-membrane mimic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019; 201821924 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821924116 More.
Cells are like Neanderthal man. They get smarter every time we run into them. And just think, it all just tumbled into existence by natural selection acting on random mutations (Darwinism) too…
Before you go: Researchers: First animal cell was not simple; it could “transdifferentiate” From the paper: “… these analyses offer no support for the homology of sponge choanocytes and choanoflagellates, nor for the view that the first multicellular animals were simple balls of cells with limited capacity to differentiate.”
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