Researchers are currently studying blob-like proteins in an effort to determine if they will be able to fight diseases. The structures of the proteins which resemble something similar to a cloud or blob are being studied by scientists to determine their function. The structures have recently been given the term assemblages.
These assemblages are being studied to determine how they work and what they can do in terms of potentially treating and fighting different diseases. While the researchers are not sure of the purpose of the protein cluster, they are currently working up what they consider to be a review of what they do know. What they believe they know includes the idea that these proteins are typically a grouping of disordered proteins. This basically means that the proteins do not have a specific shape in order to fit with other proteins.
The disordered proteins are forming into gel-like groupings in a process that allows other proteins to interact and trap each other as well as RNA. As these scientists have continued to study how these proteins interact and develop they have noticed that it is the proteins that do not have a fixed structure that seem to play a crucial role in cell health. The properties of the assemblage proteins seem to change depending on the abundance of cells within a certain area in and around the assemblage.
For some researchers this can be a crucial piece of data in determining whether or not these particular proteins may be able to fight different diseases. Depending on the researchers’ area of expertise, they hope to determine if these proteins will work in many different ways rather than as a limited potential cure. What the scientists are in agreement on is that it appears these particular assemblages are critical in cell health.
By understanding that these protein clusters play a pivotal role in cell health, scientists have basically said that these particular proteins will play a major role in how they treat different diseases. By knowing how these proteins interact with the local cell clusters, they may be able to find a way to basically disrupt disordered protein interactions. By going back to the basics of biological phenomenon and how proteins work, scientists will be able to determine how these assemblages can act as a medical treatment.
The research scientists involved in the various studies come from all areas of the medical and scientific community. Any researcher who studies human biology will be impacted by these studies. The general idea is that by studying these proteins and how they function in regards to diseases and health, it could potentially be the link needed to determine how best to fight such diseases as cancer.
Ongoing studies will be needed to determine just how these proteins work and what they mean for the future of disease research. For now the hope lies in determining whether these protein assemblages really will work as disease fighters. While not enough information has been gathered yet, there is still much research and studying left to be done.
By Kimberley Spinney