The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a study on the a key protein, dynamin, which drives cells into a shape-shifting process called endocytosis. During this process, cells are able to fight off infections, absorb nutrients and protein, and essentially shape-shift to accomplish these achievements. Although scientists have long-studied the process of endocytosis and its driving force dynamin, it has been difficult to understand the entire process.
Recently, however, the National Institutes of Health funded a study co-authored by dynamin expert Sandra Schmid, Ph. D., out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The discovery they have made throughout the study is not only interesting, but can also prove effective in understanding a variety of illnesses.
According to the NIH press release, study results have shown that the process works much differently than first suspected. Instead of a forceful mutation, the cells actually relax in what is referred to as molecular cooperation – the study likens it to performing yoga in a zen-like manner.
This new discovery in cell mutation can potentially lead to a better understanding of a variety of illnesses, including certain forms of muscular dystrophy (MS). By understanding the operation of the mutation of cells and the part dynamin plays in MS and other illnesses, it could lead to prevention, regulation, and better treatment options.
To learn more about the study’s findings, visit National Institutes of Health.