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Paving the way towards 'designer organelles'

University of Leeds

Research published today, by an inter-disciplinary group from the University of Leeds, outlines their work in creating an alternative pathway for peroxisome organelles to import proteins.

This work leads the way towards 'designer organelles', which could act as biofactories for the production of therapeutic proteins or other useful molecules, among other applications. Such designer organelles could provide a custom compartment within the cell, protected from the rest of the cell's molecular activity.

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The research, which was published today in Nature Communications, is available online at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00487-7.

Dr Stuart Warriner, from the School of Chemistry, is a member of the inter-disciplinary team that delivered this research and is available for interview. Please contact Simon Moore in the University press office at +44 (0)113 34 34031 or s.i.moore@leeds.ac.uk for further information.

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