Perturbation of liquid droplets of P-granule protein LAF-1 by the antimicrobial peptide LL-III†
In recent years, liquid–liquid phase separation (LLPS) has emerged as a key mechanism for intracellular organization. But there is rapidly growing evidence that LLPS may also be associated with a number of medical conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases, by acting as a modulator of pathological protein aggregation. Here we show how LLPS formed by the P-granule protein LAF-1 and RNA can be affected by antimicrobial peptides, such as LL-III, leading to enhanced formation of amorphous protein aggregates and the loss of droplet function as an efficient reaction center and organizational hub.
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