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Key protein's newly discovered form and function may provide novel cancer treatment target
Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators suggests that safeguarding cell survival and maintaining a balanced immune system is just the start of the myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1 protein's work. (2012-04-30)
'Rogue DNA' plays key role in heart failure, study shows
Scientists from King's College London and Osaka University Medical School in Japan showed that during heart failure - a debilitating condition affecting 750,000 people in the UK - this 'rogue DNA' can kick start the body's natural response to infection, contributing to the process of heart failure. (2012-04-25)
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute announces breakthrough for degenerative vision disorder
A research team, led by John Guy, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has pioneered a novel technological treatment for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, an inherited genetic defect that causes rapid, permanent, and bilateral loss of vision in people of all ages, but primarily males ages 20-40. (2012-04-23)
Avocado oil: The 'olive oil of the Americas'?
Many studies of antioxidants in vegetables and fruits have had few encouraging results. (2012-04-22)
Avocado oil: The 'olive oil of the Americas'?
Many studies of antioxidants in vegetables and fruits have had few encouraging results. (2012-04-22)
Scientists tailor cell surface targeting system to hit organelle ZIP codes
cientists who developed a technology for identifying and targeting unique protein receptor ZIP codes on the cellular surface have found a way to penetrate the outer membrane and deliver engineered particles -- called iPhage -- to organelles inside the cell. (2012-04-17)
Penn biologists identify a key enzyme involved in protecting nerves from degeneration
A new animal model of nerve injury has brought to light a critical role of an enzyme called Nmnat in nerve fiber maintenance and neuroprotection. (2012-03-30)
Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in cancer-like way upon implanting in uterus
When an embryo implants in the uterus, the low-oxygen environment provokes some of its cells to shift to a sugar-busting metabolism. (2012-03-23)
Research points to possible new route to fight dengue virus
Researchers have identified enzymes and biochemical compounds called lipids that are targeted and modified by the dengue virus during infection, suggesting a potential new approach to control the aggressive mosquito-borne pathogen. (2012-03-22)
Collaboration rapidly connects fly gene discovery to human disease
A collaborative study by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, and published March 20 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, has discovered that mutations in the same gene that encodes part of the vital machinery of the mitochondrion can cause neurodegenerative disorders in both fruit flies and humans. (2012-03-20)
Correcting human mitochondrial mutations
Researchers at the UCLA stem cell center and the departments of chemistry and biochemistry and pathology and laboratory medicine have identified, for the first time, a generic way to correct mutations in human mitochondrial DNA by targeting corrective RNAs. (2012-03-12)
Drosophila conference highlights diverse research and its applications
The Genetics Society of America's 53rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 7-11 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, will showcase diverse efforts to understand basic biological processes through the easy-to-study fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and other insects. (2012-03-08)
Video publication goes viral
A scientific method paper and video by Loyola researchers has gone viral. (2012-03-02)
Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function
A small clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System found that patients with advanced heart failure and Type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. (2012-03-02)
Study reveals how anesthetic isoflurane induces Alzheimer's-like changes in mammalian brains
The association of the inhaled anesthetic isoflurane with Alzheimer's-disease-like changes in mammalian brains may by caused by the drug's effects on mitochondria, the structures in which most cellular energy is produced. (2012-03-01)
Observations refute widely held view on causal mechanism in ALS
Munich-based researchers have refuted a widely accepted hypothesis about a causative step in neurodegenerative conditions. (2012-02-29)
Mitochondrial dysfunction present early in Alzheimer's, before memory loss
Mitochondria -- subunits inside cells that produce energy -- have long been thought to play a role in Alzheimer's disease. (2012-02-29)
Amoeba may offer key clue to photosynthetic evolution
The major difference between plant and animal cells is the photosynthetic process, which converts light energy into chemical energy. (2012-02-27)
A change of heart
New experiments may provide insights into possible modes of heart damage from alcohol. (2012-02-23)
Energy network within cells may be new target for cancer therapy
Mitochondria may be a promising new target for cancer therapy. (2012-02-21)
How mitochondrial DNA defects cause inherited deafness
Yale scientists have discovered the molecular pathway by which maternally inherited deafness appears to occur: Mitochondrial DNA mutations trigger a signaling cascade, resulting in programmed cell death. (2012-02-17)
Researchers study mitochondrial function, potential new therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are conducting an early phase clinical trial of a novel drug therapy for patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. (2012-02-15)
Diabetic kidney failure follows a 'ROCK'y road
A protein kinase known as ROCK1 can exacerbate an important process called fission in the mitochondria, the power plants of cells, leading to diabetic kidney disease, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine. (2012-02-07)
Need an excuse to get a massage? Study shows it reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise
There's general agreement that massage feels good - now there's a scientific basis for the experience. (2012-02-01)
Solving the mystery of an old diabetes drug that may reduce cancer risk
In a new paper published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal report on how the diabetes drug metformin potentially reduces cancer risk. (2012-01-18)
Defective cell 'battery' plays central role in neurodegenerative disease
A devastating neurodegenerative disease that first appears in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk has been traced to defects in mitochondria, the 'batteries' or energy-producing power plants of cells. (2012-01-17)
Biologists a step nearer to solving the Parkinson's conundrum
Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson's disease in younger adults. (2012-01-16)
Cell 'battery' found to play central role in neurodegenerative disease
A devastating neurodegenerative disease that first appears in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk has been traced to defects in mitochondria, the 'batteries' or energy-producing power plants of cells. (2012-01-16)
Cancer-killing compound spares healthy cells
Lithocholic acid (LCA), naturally produced in the liver during digestion, has been seriously underestimated. (2012-01-04)
Aging-related degeneration caused by defects of energy metabolism in tissue stem cells?
The findings of the researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, increase the understanding of mechanisms of aging-related degeneration. (2012-01-03)
Enzyme that flips switch on cells' sugar cravings could be anti-cancer target
Cancer cells tend to take up more glucose than healthy cells, and researchers are increasingly interested in exploiting this tendency with drugs that target cancer cells' altered metabolism. (2011-12-22)
Innovative new strategy to treat Parkinson's disease
Stabilizing the cell's power-generating center protects against Parkinson's disease in a rat model, according to a report published online this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. (2011-12-19)
Antioxidant has potential in the Alzheimer's fight, UGA researchers find
A study by researchers in the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy has shown that an antioxidant can delay the onset of all the indicators of Alzheimer's disease, including cognitive decline. (2011-12-13)
Devastating 'founder effect' genetic disorder raced to defective mitochondria in cerebellar neurons
Defective mitochondria, the energy-producing powerhouses of the cell, trigger an inherited neurodegenerative disorder that first shows itself in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk. (2011-12-06)
Fatty livers are in overdrive
A new study of human patients in the December Cell Metabolism shows that fatty livers actually burn more fat, not less. (2011-12-06)
New 'Achilles' heel' in breast cancer: Tumor cell mitochondria
Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have identified cancer cell mitochondria as the unsuspecting powerhouse and (2011-12-01)
Garlic oil component may form treatment to protect heart
A component of garlic oil may help release protective compounds to the heart after heart attack, during cardiac surgery, or as a treatment for heart failure. (2011-11-16)
UCLA stem cell researchers uncover mechanism that regulates human pluripotent stem cell metabolism
Human pluripotent stem cells, which can develop into any cell type in the body, rely heavily on glycolysis, or sugar fermentation, to drive their metabolic activities. (2011-11-15)
Why do neurons die in Parkinson's disease?
Current thinking about Parkinson's disease is that it's a disorder of mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles inside cells, causing neurons in the brain's substantia nigra to die or become impaired. (2011-11-10)
UCLA biologists slow the aging process in fruit flies
UCLA biologists have identified a gene that slows the aging process. (2011-11-08)
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