Molecular motors go into ‘energy-save’ mode

The molecular motors inside living cells are able to put themselves into an “energy saving mode”, conserving cellular fuel for later.

A cell’s internal transport system is a well-oiled machine of tiny protein motors hauling chromosomes, neurotransmiiters and other cellular cargo around the inside of the cell.

The new insight sheds light on how molecular motor proteins are regulated. The discovery could potentially pave the way for new treatment methods for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

Read more at Carnegie Mellon University