Designer protein patches boost cell signaling


illustration of a protein array on surface of a cell
Ian Haydon
Illustration of a self-assembling protein array on the surface of a cell

A new class of protein material that interacts with living cells without being absorbed by them can influence cell signaling by binding and sequestering cell surface receptors, a new study shows. This breakthrough could have far-reaching implications for stem cell research and enable the development of new materials designed to modulate the behavior of living systems.

The research, which appears in the January 6 edition of Nature, was led by the Baker lab at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Derivery lab

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