The 3-D images reveal an intricate molecular juggling act that B12 uses to serve its vital function. It is a complicated process with an elaborate protein framework, far more complex than imagined.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 03, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on the results of a recent study showing the benefits of Vitamin B12 in the body.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Monday, April 30, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-most-powerful-remedy-for-high-blood-pressure-2), the study was published in the journal “Nature,” where scientists reveal the first full 3-D images of B12 and its partner molecules twisting and contorting. This reaction in the body is very important and is called “methyl transfer.”
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that this is vital both to the cells of the human body and to cells in healthy bacteria that live deep in the body. The 3-D images reveal an intricate molecular juggling act that B12 uses to serve its vital function. It is a complicated process with an elaborate protein framework, far more complex than imagined.
Researchers noted that methyl transfer is important to understand, because of its significance to human health. Vitamin B12 helps transfer single carbon units, along with partner folic acid. In its absence, scientists believe that heart disease and birth defects could be far more common.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the probiotic bacteria that perform so many important functions in your digestive system would be unable to consume the carbon dioxide or monoxide they need to stay alive.
The amazing 3-D images show how the complex of molecules contorts into multiple conformations — first to activate, then to protect, and then to change forms on the vitamin B12 molecule itself.
The researchers made these images by aiming intense beams of X-rays at crystallized forms of the protein complex and determining the position of every atom inside.
(SOURCE: Kung, Y., et al., "Visualizing molecular juggling within a B12-dependent methyltransferase complex," Nature, published online Mar. 14, 2012.)
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