Research on cilia heats up: Implications for hearing, vision loss and kidney disease

May 12, 2013 5:42 PM

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Research on cilia heats up: Implications for hearing, vision loss and kidney disease

Experiments at Johns Hopkins have unearthed clues about which protein signaling molecules are allowed into hollow, hair-like "antennae," called cilia, that alert cells to critical changes in their environments.

Researchers found that the size limit for entry is much greater than previously thought, allowing most of a cell's proteins into cilia. The researchers believe that the specific collection of proteins in each cilium, customized to the needs of each cell type, is determined by whether and how cilia k...

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