Structure of a central metabolic enzyme determined

Kiel research team provides key to functional understanding of the human mARC1 enzyme

One of the primary challenges for every living being is to determine the usefulness or harmfulness of ingested substances. In the case of food intake, for example, highly-specialised enzymes are used, which assist with the production of energy from chemically complex food substances. On the other hand, completely different enzymes are involved in breaking down certain non-usable or toxic foreign substances: similar to the immune system, they act as a protective barrier for the body to prevent the absorption of pollutants.

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