Scientists have discovered the structure of a receptor protein that plays a vital role in the growth of cancer and HIV infection. The receptor is nicknamed CXCR4. Scientists say that the finding of this receptor will help them understand how it works, and how they can stop its activity of infecting cells. Also, by knowing the structure of the receptor protein, researchers will now be able to block its binding site that can prevent signals from being received or given out from the cell.
Study researcher Raymond C. Stevens, of the Scripps Research Institute Of California, and other scientists found the CXCR4′s molecules using an imaging technique called X-ray crystallography. The molecules were forming pairs that allow the receptor to receive signals from outside the cell. In order to read about the article click on the word “receptor protein”. I think that it is great that the protein structure of HIV cancer has been discovered. Now, this epidemic can be stopped and hopefully cured.