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Contact: Asifa Akhtar
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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

MLE-Molecular-Monkey

Caption: The protein MLE grabs the RNA strand like a monkey grabs a liana. One site serves as a simple anchor (feet), while the other is able to mold the strand. This consumes energy (banana). The molded RNA allows other proteins to bind and thus to activate the X chromosome in male flies.

Credit: MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics Ibrahim Ilik, Tugce Aktas

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