In our lab, we use biophysical and molecular biological methods to investigate
several structurally similar but non-homologous integral membrane proteins.
All are seven-helical, chromophore-containing pigments: one is bacteriorhodopsin,
a proton pump found in the purple membrane of the archaebacterium H.
Salinarium,, and the others are visual pigments, photoreceptor
proteins found in photoreceptor cells of the vertebrate retina, such as
bovine rhodopsin and gecko P521.
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