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Molecules activated by light to control glutamate receptors


immunoliposomes Researchers at IBEC, IQAC-CSIC and CNRS have developed molecules that can modulate the activity of glutamate receptors in the central nervous system, with important applications in biomedicine.

For the last few years the collaborators have been working on the development of molecules called targeted covalent photoswitches (TCPs), whose structure can be changed using light. This change in shape causes the molecule to be recognized – or not – by a biological receptor as a key is to a lock. This coupling activates the receptor or not, triggering the activity.

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IBEC named as Centre of Excellence for health in new EC report


reportecIBEC has been designated one of just 28 European Centres of Excellence in a new report by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

In the report, IBEC appears alongside 27 other CoEs in Europe in nine H2020 areas: Nanotechnology, Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing, ICT/Cyber Security, Health, Food/Agriculture/Forestry, Energy, Transport, and Climate/Resources. IBEC, which appears under Health, is the only institute in Spain to appear in the table.

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