December 19, 2014

A "GPS" for molecules

Researchers at the University of Bonn are developing novel methods for exploring the structure of enzymes

In everyday life, the global positioning system (GPS) can be employed to reliably determine the momentary location of one en route to the desired destination. Scientists from the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Bonn have now developed a molecular  "GPS" with which the whereabouts of metal ions in enzymes can be reliably determined. Such ions play important roles in all corners of metabolism and synthesis for biological products. The  "molecular GPS" is now being featured in the journal "Angewandte Chemie".