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Mon, Sep 15
Scientists Unlock a Key to Cell Stress
A team of researchers has uncovered a key way that cells respond to stress.
As they explain it, cells produce more than 25,000 different proteins with specific 3-D shapes, but when stressed, they can make mistakes and produce misshapen proteins that are unfolded or misfolded.
Duke University researchers found, however, that cells are able to recognize this build-up of misshapen proteins and respond by temporarily slowing down production or shutting it off entirely.