Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a unique method for studying proteins which could open new doors for medicinal research. Through capturing proteins in a nano-capsule made of glass, the researchers have been able to create a unique model of proteins in natural environments. The results are published in the scientific journal, Small.
Proteins are target-seeking and carry out many different tasks necessary to cells’ survival and functions. This makes them interesting for development of new medicines – particularly those proteins which sit in the cellular membrane, and govern which molecules are allowed to enter the cell and which are not.