Ribosome binding of NAC is mediated by a ribosome binding regulatory arm (N-αNAC, blue) and a translation sensor domain (N-βNAC, green). N-βNAC senses short nascent chains already deep inside the ribosomal tunnel close to the peptidyl-transferase centre (orange) where amino acids are assembled into proteins. The tunnel-sensing activity of NAC is believed to orchestrate general cotranslational protein folding and transport processes in the cell. Copyright: Martin Gamerdinger

New protein-sensing mechanism discovered

In a stunning discovery, molecular biologists from the University of Konstanz and ETH Zurich have been able to demonstrate that the nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC) senses newly synthesized proteins upon birth inside the ribosomal tunnel

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A shallow coral reef in the Central Red Sea. Copyright: Anna Roik

Bacteria enhance coral resilience

An international group of researchers led by Professor Christian Voolstra, biologist at the University of Konstanz, investigated the interplay between corals and bacteria under changing environmental conditions. Their research results were published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications.

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The ICARUS antenna system on the International Space Station (ISS) will allow researchers from around the world to investigate the movement of animals anywhere around the world. The movement data received by ICARUS are made available to the public via the “Animal Tracker” app, pictured here. | Copyright: University of Konstanz

ICARUS has been switched on: Testing has started

The animal observation system ICARUS on the International Space Station (ISS) with participation of the University of Konstanz entered its test phase today, 10 July 2019 – Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) of Baden-Württemberg supports the further development of the Movebank database for the tracking of animal movement

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