The Molecule of the Year 2007 is the PKD2L1.
Through the discretion of the President of ISMCBBPR (International Society for Molecular and Cell Biology and Biotechnology Protocols and Researches), the Molecule of the Year 2007 is the PKD2L1. PKD2L1 is the fourth taste receptor identified which detects sour taste and was found expressed by particular cells in taste buds. Moreover the techniques (e.g. bioinformatics, etc.) and molecular protocols which were used to scout and subsequently locate these ionic channels were profound and exceedingly exciting. In addition, Charles Zuker and his team were also known to identify other mammalian taste receptors (e.g. for sweet, bitter and umami). "The honor bestowed upon PKD2L1 embodies all the other taste receptors they discovered and will uncover in the near future," says Prof. Isidro T. Savillo, President of ISMCBBPR. Congratulations to Dr. Charles Zuker and his Team!!