Copyright © Stéphane Vassilopoulos and Frances Brodsky at University of California, San Francisco.

If Andy Warhol had been a biologist, he might have produced art like this. The colorful series of images shows the distribution of a protein called CHC22 clathrin in human muscle cells. A recent study found that CHC22 plays a key role in forming cellular compartments that store another specialized protein, which snatches glucose from the bloodstream to help regulate blood sugar levels. Studying CHC22 in more detail could help researchers better understand what goes wrong on a cellular level in type 2 diabetes. Copyright © Stéphane Vassilopoulos and Frances Brodsky at University of California, San Francisco.

NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development also supported this work.

Featured in the June 18, 2009, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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