(This article was published on EurekAlert! on April 28, 2021)

 

It is challenging to analyze proteins at low concentrations, especially for those in a mixture of various conformations such as intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs). A research team led by Prof. HUANG Jinqing, Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has developed optical tweezers-coupled Raman spectroscopy that can directly probe the structural features of alpha-synuclein, an IDP closely linked to Parkinson’s disease, at the physiological concentration by focusing on individual protein molecules. Read more... 

 

An illustration showing the optical tweezers-controlled hotspot for the protein structural characterization by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
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