A new role for ATP

Updated: Jan 16

by Avinash Patel and Liliana Malinovska

ATP is the energy source for living cells, but in this video abstract, Avinash Patel & Liliana Malinovska describe a new role for this important molecule as a biological hydrotrope that can keep proteins from sticking together.

Read the full paper in the journal Science! "ATP as a biological hydrotrope"

Avinash is a postdoc in the lab of Tony Hyman and Liliana was a postdoc in the lab of Simon Alberti, both at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.

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