Diverse VIB team investigates the possibilities of plant proteins – 11 February 2017
Although both plants and animals are made up of cells, plants are generally unable to relocate, and thus can’t migrate around freely like animals can. These constraints lead them to grow through cell division in three directions – forward, sideways or upwards – with proteins playing a role in giving cells the “identities” that eventually lead to wood and other plant tissues. A multidisciplinary group of scientists from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology and the VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology recently collaborated on fundamental research that explores how the processes of plant root growth and patterning are affected by proteins – specifically, those that interact with a protein called ACR4.
Interesting news from VIB Medical Biotechnology Center UGent – 29 July 2016
Sfinx: Cool acronym, more accurate protein analysis. The labs of Jan Tavernier, Kris Gevaert and Sven Eyckerman from the VIB Medical Biotechnology Center, UGent tackle some of the most fundamental life sciences questions in their research into the detection and analysis of protein-protein interaction. This kind of analysis helps scientists come up with new hypotheses for the functions of proteins. Unfortunately, good data analysis in this area is tricky. Until now: Jan, Kris and Sven developed SFINX, a powerful online tool that does away with the hassle.
New research adds additional layer of complexity to human protein landscape – 26 February 2016
Single gene-single protein theory once again debunked. New VIB/UGent research adds an extra dimension to the known set of human proteins. Genes can shift their expression towards alternative protein versions (proteoforms) that rival their full length counterparts in stability. For that reason, the diversity of human proteins seems to be fundamentally underestimated. Professors Petra Van Damme and Kris Gevaert report these results in the journal Molecular Systems Biology this month.