A study detailing the structure of MBH, a molecular complex involved in microbial respiration, has revealed similarities to the structure's counterpart in humans, known as Complex 1.
The University of Georgia's Michael W. W. Adams, a distinguished research and Georgia Power professor in the university's department of biochemistry and molecular biology, worked on the study alongside scientists at the Van Andel Research Institute and Washington State University.
“Nature is really good at finding molecules that work and then modifying them and using them over and over again. This is a prime example,” said Adams, who has been studying MBH for 20 years, according to UGA Today.
The study includes the first near-atomic resolution images of MBH ever taken, which could provide more insight into the workings of humans' Complex 1, as well as how that structure evolved from the ancient MBH respiratory system in the adjustment to a changing atmosphere.