Indicated are the intracellular steps of the Gq signaling cascade, which can now be controlled by scientists using light to drive activity in transgenic mouse hearts (left) and contractions in the small intestine (right). Source: Prof. Brügmann / umg.

A new tool for optogenetics: human receptor for studying cell function with light

Scientists of the University Medical Center Göttingen identify the human OPN5 receptor as a new target to activate cells and to study the principles of how cells communicate with each other. Published on 1 April 2022 in the renowned journal Nature Communications.

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