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How nerve cells control misfolded proteins
Researchers have identified a protein complex that marks misfolded proteins, stops them from interacting with other proteins in the cell and directs them towards disposal. (2019-03-27)
New gene potentially involved in metastasis identified
Cancers that display a specific combination of sugars, called T-antigen, are more likely to spread through the body and kill a patient. (2019-03-26)
UIC researchers find hidden proteins in bacteria
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene -- known as a translation start site or a start codon -- in bacterial cell DNA with a single experiment and, through this method, they have shown that an individual gene is capable of coding for more than one protein. (2019-03-20)
Study finds test of protein levels in the eye a potential predictor of (future) Alzheimer's disease
Low levels of amyloid-β and tau proteins, biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD), in eye fluid were significantly associated with low cognitive scores, according to a new study. (2019-03-18)
How to catch ovarian cancer earlier
Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed too late for effective treatment. (2019-03-15)
Can an antifreeze protein also promote ice formation?
Antifreeze is life's means of surviving in cold winters: Natural antifreeze proteins help fish, insects, plants and even bacteria live through low temperatures that should turn their liquid parts to deadly shards of ice. (2019-03-14)
FSU researchers discover a novel protein degradation pathway
A Florida State University research team how a type of protein that is embedded in the inner nuclear membrane clears out of the system once it has served its purpose. (2019-03-12)
Inhibiting post-translational modifications may lower oxidative stress in the aging eye
Advanced age is the largest risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (2019-03-11)
UNH researchers identify role gender-biased protein may play in autism
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are one step closer to helping answer the question of why autism is four times more common in boys than in girls after identifying and characterizing the connection of certain proteins in the brain to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (2019-03-11)
Protection from Zika virus may lie in a protein derived from mosquitoes
By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, Yale investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. (2019-03-11)
Genes that evolve from scratch expand protein diversity
A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution led by scientists from the University of Chicago challenges one of the classic assumptions about how new proteins evolve. (2019-03-11)
How antifreeze proteins make ice crystals grow
Bacteria, plants, insects, or even fish use antifreeze proteins to protect themselves from the cold. (2019-03-07)
Researchers systematically track protein interactions in defense against viruses
The body's defense strategies against viral infections are as diverse as the attacks themselves. (2019-03-04)
Gotcha! Scientists fingerprint proteins using their vibrations
In the cells of every living organism -- humans, birds, bees, roses and even bacteria -- proteins vibrate with microscopic motions that help them perform vital tasks ranging from cell repair to photosynthesis. (2019-03-04)
New research area: How protein structures change due to normal forces
Proteins made in our cells are folded into specific shapes so they can fulfill their functions. (2019-03-01)
A highly sensitive new blood test can detect rare cancer proteins
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a new blood test that can identify proteins-of-interest down to the sub-femtomolar range with minimal errors. (2019-03-01)
Thermodynamic properties of hevein investigated by Lobachevsky University scientists
Hevein is a small protein consisting of forty-three amino acid residues. (2019-02-28)
Custom-made proteins may help create antibodies to fight HIV
Using computational modeling, a team of researchers led by Penn State designed and created proteins that mimicked different surface features of HIV. (2019-02-27)
New clue for cancer treatment could be hiding in microscopic molecular machine
Researchers have discovered a critical missing step in the production of proteasomes -- tiny structures in a cell that dispose of protein waste -- and found that carefully targeted manipulation of this step could prove an effective recourse for the treatment of cancer. (2019-02-26)
Revealing the role of the mysterious small proteins
CRG investigators develop a technique to identify and classify proteins with less than 100 amino acids. (2019-02-22)
How diabetes causes muscle loss
Diabetes is associated with various health problems including decline in skeletal muscle mass. (2019-02-22)
Preventing the production of toxic mitochondrial proteins -- a promising treatment target
Researchers at the University of Helsinki uncovered the mechanisms for a novel cellular stress response arising from the toxicity of newly synthesized proteins. (2019-02-21)
How proteins become embedded in a cell membrane
Many proteins with important biological functions are embedded in a biomembrane in the cells of humans and other living organisms. (2019-02-14)
RNAs play key role in protein aggregation and in neurodegenerative disease
New research reveals RNAs, which are crucial for cells to produce proteins, are also involved in protein aggregation, where proteins do not fold properly and 'clump' together into aggregates. (2019-02-07)
An elegant mechanism
Researchers discovered a connection between metabolite and protein transport in the powerhouse of the cell. (2019-02-06)
Body building supplement could be bad for the brain
L-norvaline is an ingredient widely used in body building supplements and is promoted as a compound that can boost workouts and aid recovery. (2019-02-06)
New anti-CRISPR proteins discovered in soil and human gut
Scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU) have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are distributed across different environments. (2019-02-05)
Insight into protein formation could aid understanding of diseases
Research explains details of a biological process that supports the production of healthy cells, by removing faulty proteins as they form. (2019-02-04)
It's all in the code: protein production efficiency can be predicted by gene sequence
Scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro explored mRNA and protein public databases to unravel hidden meanings of the genetic code. (2019-02-04)
Enzyme warps space to break the cell's speed limit
Johns Hopkins researchers have found that rhomboid enzymes, which are special proteins that cut other proteins, are able to break the 'cellular speed limit' as they move through the cell membrane. (2019-02-01)
Cooking chemistry minus heat equals new non-toxic adhesive
A new soy-based, non-toxic adhesive could be used in organic food packaging and some speciality food items. (2019-01-31)
Male birth control for the malaria parasite
Disrupting two genes involved in the preservation of RNA molecules inhibits the ability of the male form of the malaria parasite to mature and be transmitted from human blood into mosquitoes, interrupting a key stage in the parasite's life-cycle and cutting off an important step in the spread of the disease. (2019-01-31)
A solid scaffolding for our cells
To perform properly the task for which they have been synthesized, proteins must first assemble to form effective cellular 'machines'. (2019-01-28)
Hens that lay human proteins in eggs offer future therapy hope
Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. (2019-01-27)
An integrative approach to studying lipid biology
The proteins that manage lipids in the cell are notoriously hard to study. (2019-01-25)
New theory unlocks the secret behind protein-membrane interactions
Trillions of cells -- all different shapes and sizes -- form a human body's structure. (2019-01-24)
A muscle protein promotes nerve healing
Damaged fibres in the brain or spinal cord usually don't heal at all. (2019-01-23)
Complex molecules emerge without evolution or design
In biology, folded proteins are responsible for most advanced functions. (2019-01-17)
A new way to transfer energy between cells
Researchers have described a new method for the transmission of electrons between proteins that refutes the evidence from experiments until now. (2019-01-17)
Proteins use a lock and key system to bind to DNA
Scientists have traditionally thought that DNA binding proteins use patterns in the genome's code of As, Cs, Ts, and Gs to guide them to the right location, with a given protein only binding to a specific sequence of letters. (2019-01-16)
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