June 3, 2024

[New article available] First Author Interview: Dr Panpan Zhang

Dr Panpan Zhang

A new article has been added to “First Author Interview”. The new interview is with Dr Panpan Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University.

In the series, we invite the first authors of a recently published manuscript for a letter-based interview on their work. In particular, we ask the author to tell us the behind-the-scenes story of their manuscript, as experienced personally by the author but not communicated directly in the manuscript.

In our bodies, hundreds of billions of cells die daily and are cleared by phagocytes. To distinguish between dead cells and living cells, phosphatidylserine, a kind of lipid in the cell plasma membrane, acts as a critical feature by exposing on the surface of dead cells, leading to the dead cells being recognized and removed by phagocytes. In this study, Dr. Zhang and their colleagues have revealed the mechanism of phosphatidylserine exposure and uncovered a novel regulatory mechanism for modulating membrane proteins through calcium.

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