Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Chemical octopus catches sneaky cancer clues, trace glycoproteins

05/10/2018

Image: chemical structure in shape of an octopus; Copyright: Georgia Tech / Wu / Xiao & NYPL Digital Commons / Brumfield

The parts shaped like a hexagon-pentagon combo are benzoboroxoles, which make great glycoprotein grabbers - stitched together to form highly flexible arms with a long reach. In the middle is a magnetic bead that researchers use as a handle to extract the octopus along with the glycoproteins it nabs.