Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 2 June 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 22, p. nf56
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.22.nf56]


Peer Pressure

Clustering sways antioxidant enzyme toward new behavior

R. John Davenport

Abstract: On her own, a Girl Scout might pick up trash on her street, but a whole troop can redecorate a nursing home. An antioxidant protein in yeast also changes its behavior when it congregates with others, according to a new study. It stops quenching free radicals and starts helping proteins fold. Although researchers don't yet know whether its mammalian counterpart behaves similarly, that protein might apply this newfound power to help fight cancer and aging.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Peer Pressure. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (22), nf56 (2004).

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