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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Transporter Does the Twist

Caption: The transporter MsbA has components in its interior that are locked together as long as it remains open to the cell's interior. A series of random undulations gradually lead this section to twist, unlocking those components and allowing other changes that eventually open the protein to the outside of the cell.

Credit: Emad Tajkhorshid

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