Laboratory of Biomolecular Research (LBR)

The Laboratory of Biomolecular Research at the Department of Biology and Chemistry at PSI consists of five research groups pursuing basic research projects in the fields of transmembrane signaling and transport and dynamic protein interaction networks. With its close contacts to beamline scientists at the Swiss Synchrotron Light Source (SLS) and its excellent infrastructure, LBR is an attractive environment for Ph. D. students and postdocs interested in structure/function analysis of complex biological systems.
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17. November 2013


How botox binds to neurons

Media Releases Biology Research Using Synchrotron Light Human Health

Botox is a highly dangerous toxin that causes paralysis. In cosmetic applications it is used to temporarily eliminate wrinkles and in medicine as a treatment for migraine or to correct strabismus. An international research team has now established how the toxin molecule binds to the neuron whose activity is then blocked by the poison. The findings may be useful for the development of improved drugs with a lower risk of overdosage.


Prof. Gebhard F.X. Schertler
Department Head of Biology and Chemistry

Paul Scherrer Institut
Department of Biology and Chemistry
OFLC 109
CH-5232 Villigen PSI

Phone: +41 56 310 42 65
Fax: +41 56 310 21 99


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