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Nanoscale 'glass' bottles could enable targeted drug delivery
Tiny silica bottles filled with medicine and a special temperature-sensitive material could be used for drug delivery to kill malignant cells only in certain parts of the body, according to a study published recently by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (2019-08-15)
Modified lactides promise new implementations in pharmacology and catalysis
The project concerning modification of oligo- and polylactic acids with thiacalix[4]arene derivatives was launched at Kazan Federal University three years ago. (2019-08-15)
Helping bacteria be better friends
Bacteria, like people, have complicated relationships. A group of researchers was able to engineer the genomes of 4 species of gut bacteria to make them rely on each other for essential nutrients rather than competing for them, and the whole community was stronger and more balanced as a result. (2019-08-14)
New study reveals unique dietary strategy of a tropical marine sponge
Research conducted at the University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) on a marine sponge in Kāneʻohe Bay, Oahu revealed a unique feeding strategy, wherein the sponge animal acquires important components of its diet from symbiotic bacteria living within the sponge. (2019-08-14)
Researchers study protein ancestors to understand their role in growth
'Resurrecting' the ancestors of key proteins yields evolutionary insights into their role in human cells and in most cancers, a new study finds. (2019-08-13)
Cell biology: Compartments and complexity
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich biologists have taken a closer look at the subcellular distribution of proteins and metabolic intermediates in a model plant. (2019-08-13)
Machine learning for damaging mutations prediction
Scientists from Russia and India have proposed a novel machine-learning-based method for predicting damaging mutations in the protein atomic structure. (2019-08-12)
First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes
Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. (2019-08-12)
An alternate theory for what causes Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, with most efforts at finding a cure focused on these abnormal structures. (2019-08-12)
Bringing cancer medication safely to its destination
Treating cancer more selectively and more effectively -- this could be achieved with an innovative technology developed by teams of researchers at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). (2019-08-08)
Two-in-one contrast agent for medical imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) visualizes internal body structures, often with the help of contrast agents to enhance sensitivity. (2019-08-08)
Researchers identify type of parasitic bacteria that saps corals of energy
Researchers at Oregon State University have proposed a new genus of bacteria that flourishes when coral reefs become polluted, siphoning energy from the corals and making them more susceptible to disease. (2019-08-08)
New insights into the origin of life
A famous experiment in 1953 showed that amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, could have formed spontaneously under the atmospheric conditions of early Earth. (2019-08-07)
Tel Aviv university scientists develop novel nano-vaccine for melanoma
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a novel nano-vaccine for melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. (2019-08-05)
Mankai duckweed plant found to offer health benefits -- Ben-Gurion University research
In this new study, the researchers compared Mankai shake consumption to a yogurt shake equivalent in carbohydrates, protein, lipids, and calories. (2019-08-05)
Rye is healthy, thanks to an interplay of microbes
Eating rye comes with a variety of health benefits. A new study from the University of Eastern Finland now shows that both lactic acid bacteria and gut bacteria contribute to the health benefits of rye. (2019-08-05)
Pre-life building blocks spontaneously align in evolutionary experiment
It nearly baffled researchers to see amino acids that make up life today spontaneously link up under lab conditions that mimicked those of pre-life Earth. (2019-08-01)
Treatment for liver disorder in pregnancy ineffective, finds new study
Research led by King's College London has found that the currently recommended treatment for a common pregnancy liver disorder that can result in preterm birth and stillbirth, is ineffective and should be reconsidered. (2019-08-01)
A chemical clue to how life started on Earth
Many scientists find it strange that every living thing on our planet forms its proteins from the exact same set of 20 amino acids. (2019-07-31)
Finnish people's unique genetic makeup offers clues to disease
A new study harnessed the unique genetic history of the people of Finland to identify variations in DNA that might predispose certain individuals to disease, whether or not they are Finnish themselves. (2019-07-31)
New protein-sensing mechanism discovered
In a stunning discovery, molecular biologists from the University of Konstanz and ETH Zurich have been able to demonstrate that the nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC) senses newly synthesized proteins upon birth inside the ribosomal tunnel. (2019-07-31)
Expanding functions of conducting microbial nanowires for chemical, biological sensors
In the latest paper from the Geobacter Lab led by microbiologist Derek Lovley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he and colleagues report 'a major advance' in the quest to develop electrically conductive protein nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens for use as chemical and biological sensors. (2019-07-29)
New software brings lower-resolution cryo-EM maps into focus
A new study outlines a technique to bring low-resolution Cyro-EM maps up to par for better identifying protein structures. (2019-07-29)
Supposed disorder is not disorder after all
While the correct function of many proteins depends on their three-dimensional structure, some appear to adopt random forms. (2019-07-29)
Mouse model supports importance of fatty acid balance in chronic disease
Massachusetts General Hospital investigators find evidence that it is the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, rather than the total amount, that influences risk of chronic disease. (2019-07-26)
Molecular biophysics -- the ABC of ribosome recycling
Ribosomes, the essential machinery used for protein synthesis is recycled after each one round of translation. (2019-07-25)
Rising CO2 levels could boost wheat yield but slightly reduce nutritional quality
Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising, which experts predict could produce more droughts and hotter temperatures. (2019-07-24)
Overstuffed cancer cells may have an Achilles' heel
In a study using yeast cells and data from cancer cell lines, Johns Hopkins University scientists report they have found a potential weak spot among cancer cells that have extra sets of chromosomes, the structures that carry genetic material. (2019-07-22)
Newly discovered biosynthetic pathway in bacteria recipe for drug discovery and production
Researchers at the University of Illinois and University of California, Los Angeles described a novel biochemical strategy used by bacteria to synthesize natural products. (2019-07-19)
'Semi-synthetic' bacteria churn out unnatural proteins
Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. (2019-07-17)
How multicellular cyanobacteria transport molecules
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tübingen have taken a high-resolution look at the structure and function of cell-to-cell connections in filamentous, multicellular cyanobacteria. (2019-07-12)
Mustering a milder mustard
Cruciferous vegetables -- the mustards, broccolis and cabbages of the world -- share a distinct taste. (2019-07-11)
Mussels are inspiring new technology that could help purify water and clean up oil spills
Mussels are notorious maritime stowaways known for damaging the hulls of boats, but these same adhesive properties have widespread engineering applications, scientists in China and the United states write in review published July 10 in the journal Matter. (2019-07-10)
Origin of life insight: peptides can form without amino acids
Peptides, one of the fundamental building blocks of life, can be formed from the primitive precursors of amino acids under conditions similar to those expected on the primordial Earth, finds a new UCL study published in Nature. (2019-07-10)
Understanding how the mTOR complex comes together
Learning more about the mTOR complex and how it works is a stepping stone for others who might look for cancer therapies or ways to help treat diabetes and other diseases. (2019-07-10)
New antibiotics developed by Inserm and Université de Rennes 1
Prof. Brice Felden and his team at the Inserm and Université de Rennes 1 'Bacterial Regulatory RNAs and Medicine' joint laboratory (U1230) has developed two new antibiotics that do not trigger resistance when they are used to treat infection in mice. (2019-07-09)
A tale of two proteins: The best and worst of metabolic adaptation
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) hypothesis states that the nutritional environment in early life makes people susceptible to lifestyle-related diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart attack, as adults. (2019-07-08)
Fighting drug resistance with fast, artificial enhancement of natural products
Japanese researchers have identified multiple promising new drug candidates to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, including superbugs. (2019-07-08)
Evolutionary coupling analysis identifies the impact of disease-associated variants
Predicting the impact of DNA sequence variants is important for sorting disease-associated variants (DVs) from neutral variants. (2019-07-08)
It's not an antibody, it's a frankenbody: A new tool for live-cell imaging
Researchers from Colorado State University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have added a new tool to the arsenal of antibody-based probes, but with a powerful distinction: Their genetically encoded probe works in living cells. (2019-07-03)
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