Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France


11/0917 - Ultra-fast molecular movie: watching proteins absorbing light
Using a revolutionary method, scientists have been able to film ultra-rapid processes at work in fluorescent proteins, which are extensively used as markers in in vivo imaging. This new method, which uses enormous X-ray lasers, permits the analysis of processes such as vision, bioluminescence and other phenomena which have not been observable to date. These results are to be published in Nature Chemistry on September, the 11th, as part of an international collaboration involving scientists from the IBS, the Universities of Lille, Rennes 1 and Paris-Sud, and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research at Heidelberg in Germany.
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15/05/2017 - How plankton dominate ocean life
Photosynthesis is a unique process that allows independent colonization of the land by plants and of the oceans by phytoplankton. Although the photosynthesis process is well understood in plants, scientists are still unlocking the mechanisms evolved by phytoplankton to achieve extremely efficient photosynthesis. Researchers from the Institut de Biosciences et Biotechnologies de Grenoble (BIG), the Institut de biologie structurale (IBS), the Institut nanosciences et cryogénie (INAC), the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and University of Konstanz (Germany), combine biochemical, structural and in vivo physiological studies to unravel the structure of the plastid in diatoms, prominent marine eukaryotes. The results of this study were published in Nature Communications on June 20, 2017.
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15/05/2017 - Insights into a mechanism which inhibits root cell elongation
The Methods and Electron Microscopy group in collaboration with the Laboratoire de Biologie végétale et microbiologie environnementales Cadarache and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry have revealed a mechanism for plant root growth arrest during low phosphate availability in soil.
These results may improve crop plants resistance in acidic soil or depleted in phosphate, or increase their pollutant metal extraction properties. The results of this study were published in Nature Communications on May 15, 2017.
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25/04/2017 - Polyvalan (IBS & ENS Lyon Spin-off company) and Pulsalys sign an exclusive exploitation contract to easily determine the 3D structure of proteins
PULSALYS, the Lyon-Saint-Etienne Technology Transfer Acceleration Company, announces the signature of an exclusive license with POLYVALAN to facilitate the determination of protein structures. POLYVALAN, which benefits from the know-how of IBS and ENS-Lyon, specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative chemical additives dedicated to structural biology.
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