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  • Study: Odd biochemistry yields lethal bacterial protein

    One enzyme shapes the components of a bacterial protein into rings with right-handed (D) and left-handed (L) stereochemistries.

    One enzyme shapes the components of a bacterial protein into rings with right-handed (D) and left-handed (L) stereochemistries.

    Graphic by Weixin Tang

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      One enzyme shapes the components of a bacterial protein into rings with right-handed (D) and left-handed (L) stereochemistries.

      Graphic by Weixin Tang

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      Two parts of the same bacterial toxin, each shaped by the same enzyme, have different stereochemistries, a new study found.

      Graphic by Weixin Tang

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      University of Illinois chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk and graduate student Weixin Tang determined the unusual structure of a bacterial toxin.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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