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Researchers in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics establish a link between talking to neighbours and an increase in gene expression in a paper published in the prestigious journal Cell Reports.

In polarized cells or cells with complex geometry, clustering of plasma membrane proteins is an effective mechanism for eliciting spatially restricted signals. However, protein clustering is also seen in cells with relatively simple topology, suggesting it fulfils a more fundamental role in cell biology than simply orchestrating compartmentalised responses.

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