Oxford Researchers Develop Time-Saving Technique For Putting Membrane Proteins Into Lipid Bilayers | GenomeWeb

Using a glass rod with a sharp tip, University of Oxford researchers have developed what they consider to be a time-saving technique for putting membrane proteins into artificial membranes.

The researchers use the rod, which has a tip that is about 50 microns in diameter, to touch a colony of E. coli bacteria that overexpress the membrane protein of interest. They then touch the same rod to an artificial lipid bilayer membrane. The membrane protein transfers from the bacterial colony into the membrane.

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