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New GPCR Structure: Dopamine D3 Receptor

by Peter Nollert in Emerald BioStructures Blog

Yay – another GPCR structure to look at! I just noticed that the 2.9A Dopamine D3 Receptor (in complex with Eticlopride) coordinates 3PBL have been released by the PDB earlier this week. This one will take some time to digest. My congratulations go again to the Stevens lab at TSRI. This is a great achievement, well done.... Read more »

Chien, E., Liu, W., Zhao, Q., Katritch, V., Won Han, G., Hanson, M., Shi, L., Newman, A., Javitch, J., Cherezov, V.... (2010) Structure of the Human Dopamine D3 Receptor in Complex with a D2/D3 Selective Antagonist. Science, 330(6007), 1091-1095. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197410  

  • November 30, -1
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Bays by the bay

by aewills in A Bouquet From Mendel

The California Bay tree (Umbellularia californica) is introduced, and a paper is discussed about headaches caused by the Bay tree ketone Umbellulone.... Read more »

Nassini R, Materazzi S, Vriens J, Prenen J, Benemei S, De Siena G, la Marca G, Andrè E, Preti D, Avonto C.... (2011) The 'headache tree' via umbellulone and TRPA1 activates the trigeminovascular system. Brain : a journal of neurology. PMID: 22036959  

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Honeypot Ants - Live food storage units

by beredim in Strange Animals

Honey ants are a weird class of ant-workers that engorge themselves with food. Overtime, their abdomen gets as big as a grape. In times of need, they will either regurgitate the stored liquid or sacrifice themselves to feed the rest of the colony. ... Read more »

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Schultheiss, P., Schwarz, S., & Wystrach, A. (2010) Nest Relocation and Colony Founding in the Australian Desert Ant, Melophorus bagoti Lubbock (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, 1-4. DOI: 10.1155/2010/435838  

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The Australian Turtle Frog

by beredim in Strange Animals

The turtle frog is a strange animal from western australia. Named after their turtle-like body, the species feeds exclusively on termites.... Read more »

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