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Characterisation of the structure and function of an L-amino acid transporter




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ABC and Gaceta Médica, among other media, have echoed on a study about the structure of a member of the L-amino acid transporter family (LAT), headed by IRB Barcelona researcher Manuel Palacín. “Knowing how LATs recognise the amino acids that they have to introduce into the cell allows us to better understand their function and helps us decipher the molecular defects associated with different pathologies and thus to develop potential treatments,” says Palacín.

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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).