Now that one story is on pause, let's turn to another story and another set of blog entries. I'll begin with something I previously posted a few months ago.
Let's talk about receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). We can think of an RTK as a communication device, since these membrane proteins transmit signals from the cell's environment into the cell. Event X outside the cell is translated into Event Y inside the cell. Specifically, the signaling molecules (such as hormones) bind the extracellular portion of the receptor protein. This binding event is then somehow communicated to the contents inside the cell. But how?