Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1994
Alfred G. Gilman, Martin Rodbell

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Martin Rodbell - Facts

Martin Rodbell

Martin Rodbell

Born: 1 December 1925, Baltimore, MD, USA

Died: 7 December 1998, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Prize motivation: "for their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells"

Field: cell physiology

Prize share: 1/2


In order for an organism to function, signals are conveyed within and between the body's various organs and cells through electrical currents and special molecules. Martin Rodbell and Alfred Gilman showed how the signal transfer through the cell wall happens. Around 1970 Martin Rodbell demonstrated that the signal transfer occurs in three steps - reception, transfer and reinforcement - and that guanosine triphosphate is a driving force in the transfer. In 1980 Alfred Gilman discovered that molecules involved in the transfer are a type of protein that reacts with GTP - G proteins.

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