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The dynein motor, a cellular complex believed to be composed of 12 distinct protein parts, performs fundamental transportation tasks critical to the cell; defects in its structure can prove fatal. This machine converts chemical energy stored in an ATP molecule into mechanical energy that moves material though the cell along slender filaments called microtubules. One of the dynein motor's most important functions occurs during cell division, when it helps move chromosomes into proper position.
March 13th, 2013
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