Protein translocation as a tool: The current rapamycin story

Mateusz Putyrski, Carsten Schultz

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In cell biology and pharmacology, small chemicals are mostly used as agonists and antagonists against receptors and enzymes. The immunosuppressant rapamycin can serve an entirely different purpose: if employed sensibly, it might function as an inducer of dimerization that is able to rapidly activate enzyme activity inside the intact cell. A number of very recent developments such as photoactivatable derivatives make rapamycin an even more attractive tool for basic science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2097-2105
Number of pages9
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 16 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical dimerizer
  • Protein translocation
  • Protein-protein interaction
  • Rapamycin
  • Signal transduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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