August 10, 2017 / Modified sep 1, 2017 10:09 a.m.

Episode 92: Watching Molecules Perform their Functions

Using new techniques to watch enzyme proteins perform their functions.

Arizona Science 92 Molecules A look into a eukaryote cell to see how proteins are made. (PHOTO: Nicolle Rager, National Science Foundation)

LISTEN

Being able to see an object helps us to understand complex design and function quickly. That holds also true even for the microscopic machinery that drives our body. Using biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the high resolution cousin of the MRI technique used in medicine, Wolfgang Peti can visualize enzyme proteins to understand their shape and mobility and how the mobility enables the enzymes to perform their specialized physiological functions. This is important as enzyme dysfunction commonly leads to disease.

In this episode:

Wolfgang Peti, Ph.D., Profesor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Leslie P. Tolbert, PhD, Regents' Professor in Neuroscience at the UA

Arizona Science
Catch Arizona Science each Friday during Science Friday on NPR 89.1. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. See more from Arizona Science.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona