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Structure, protein elements critical to human function, disease uncovered

New structures discovered within cilia show a relationship between certain proteins and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. The discovery sheds new light on the microstructure of cilia. Cilia are microscopic, hair-like structures occurring in large numbers on the surface of some of the body's cells and are involved in movement and perception. Cilia are composed of double microtubules, which are in turn composed of protofilaments.
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