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Trends Biochem Sci. 1989 May;14(5):179-82.

Bacterial ice-nucleation proteins.


Certain bacteria possess proteins that enable them to nucleate crystallization in supercooled water. These ice-nucleation proteins are thought to produce templates for the assembly of very small seed crystals of ice. The proteins from different species have related, internally repetitive primary structures, which may be directly responsible for aligning the water molecules of the seed crystal.

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