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ASU team throws new light on photosynthetic supercomplex structure

May 28, 2019

A team of scientists from Arizona State University has taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, by determining the structure of a very large photosynthetic supercomplex. This important discovery is laid out in their paper published today in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. The paper is titled "The structure of the stress induced photosystem I - IsiA antenna supercomplex." "Supercomplexes are associations between antennae proteins and...

Finding answers to cancer in the cosmos

April 25, 2019

When it comes to new diagnostics and treatments for cancer, researchers across the world are gaining traction. Now, scientists at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (CASD) are turning to outer space to understand the inner workings of a cancer-linked protein, known as Taspase 1. In conjunction with NASA and the National Cancer Institute, the CASD team plans to grow crystals under the conditions of microgravity in low earth orbit. The ultimate goal is to use this method to...

A good night’s sleep may be in sight

April 24, 2019

A third of all Americans have difficulty with sleeping, and many of them turn to melatonin supplements to catch some Zs. However, scientists don’t fully understand melatonin’s role in the biological clock, which has made it difficult to develop drugs for sleep disorders without several side effects. Now, an international team of scientists has shed much-needed light on melatonin’s effects, opening the door to the development of new drugs for sleep disorders — and other health...

Beuses' $10 million gift to build world’s first-of-its-kind X-ray laser lab at ASU

April 18, 2019

Through their generous philanthropic investments, Leo and Annette Beus have already made a lasting ASU impact. They have changed the face of the downtown Phoenix landscape with the addition of the Beus Center for Law and Society, supported Sun Devil Athletics and provided numerous scholarships to increase student access to a college education. Now, with a new $10 million investment, the Beuses want to help shape the future of medicine and improve the lives of others. Their ever-deepening ASU...

ASU, NAU, University of Texas at Austin awarded $1.5 M from ARPA-E to transform energy technology

February 21, 2019

New low-cost carbon capture concept that pulls CO2 directly from air has potential to revolutionize energy technology Tempe, Ariz. – Researchers at Arizona State University, in partnership with collaborators at The University of Texas at Austin and Northern Arizona University, have announced $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The research team will demonstrate an entirely new direct air capture (DAC) concept...

X-ray laser study identifies crystalline intermediate in our 'pathway to breathing'

February 11, 2019

Scientists from Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, have captured for the first time snapshots of crystal structures of intermediates in the biochemical pathway that enables us to breathe. Their results, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the article "Snapshot of an Oxygen Intermediate in the Catalytic Reaction of Cytochrome c...

Better drug to save mothers’ lives during childbirth may be on the way

January 10, 2019

Postpartum bleeding is the world’s leading cause of death for women during and after childbirth, and the third-leading cause in the United States alone. Many doctors in developing countries have turned to the drug misoprostol to save more women from deadly hemorrhaging. Misoprostol, although affordable, has dangerous side effects, including uterine cramping, heart attack, toxicity in the brain and spinal cord, fetal death and fetal heart abnormalities. Development of a...

DOE awards $4.5M to ASU researchers to discover new ways to harness carbon dioxide for reducing biofuel costs

November 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two ASU research teams are among the grantees, with the grants to ASU totaling about $4.5 million. The two teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, and Bruce Rittmann, director of Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental...

ASU and BioXFEL consortium awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at the atomic level using X-ray lasers

October 10, 2018

Eight Arizona State University faculty researchers in a seven-campus consortium of U.S. universities are revolutionizing bioimaging through collaborations with academia and industry. A $22.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) allows the group to continue their groundbreaking work to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes that are difficult, if not impossible, to see with conventional methods. According to BioXFEL Director Edward Snell,...

ASU research graces cover of ACS journal

October 5, 2018

Publishing a high-impact scientific article is a significant achievement for researchers. Being featured on the journal cover is even better. A new study outlines advances in the field of catalysis research, with broad applications for innovative energy technology. Gary Moore, an assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and a researcher with the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, and his team won the coveted honor when their research article,...