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New sample holder for protein crystallography
An HZB research team has developed a novel sample holder that considerably facilitates the preparation of protein crystals for structural analysis. (2019-09-16)
Researchers pinpoint animal model proteins important in study of human disease
Little is known about the proteins and cellular pathways that lead to the formation of the human heart or the roles various proteins and pathways might play in cardiac disease. (2019-09-10)
Protein tangles linked with dementia seen in patients after single head injury
Scientists have visualized for the first time protein 'tangles' associated with dementia in the brains of patients who have suffered a single head injury. (2019-09-04)
Mechanism of epilepsy causing membrane protein is discovered
The team lead by Dr. Lim Hyun-Ho of Korea Brain Research Institute published its paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (2019-08-29)
High-protein bedtime snacks no problem for active women
In a study of women weight lifters, nutrition scientists at FSU showed that protein consumption before bed compared to protein consumption during the day does not disturb overnight belly fat metabolism or whole-body fat burn. (2019-08-28)
Cell biology -- Potential drop signals imminent danger
Misfolded proteins must be promptly eliminated as they can form toxic aggregates in cells. (2019-08-28)
Novel method identifies the right individual exosomes
There is a growing demand for diagnostic markers for early disease detection and prognosis. (2019-08-26)
New approaches to heal injured nerves
Injuries to nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves usually result in functional losses as the nerve fibers are unable to regenerate. (2019-08-23)
A new way to 'hoard' resources in nano-sized factories targeted for biotech
The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. (2019-08-20)
Discovery of a bottleneck relief in photosynthesis may have a major impact on food crops
Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production. (2019-08-16)
Manufacture of light-activated proteins
A new strategy for designing light-sensitive proteins has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum. (2019-08-02)
Closing the door: breaking new ground related to a potential anticancer drug target
In order to sustain fast growth, cancer cells need to take up nutrients at a faster rate than healthy cells. (2019-07-31)
How nature builds hydrogen-producing enzymes
A team from Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum and the University of Oxford has discovered how hydrogen-producing enzymes, called hydrogenases, are activated during their biosynthesis. (2019-07-24)
Designed protein switch allows unprecedented control over living cells
Scientists have created the first completely artificial protein switch that can work inside living cells to modify or even commandeer the cell's complex internal circuitry. (2019-07-24)
Early introduction of peanuts in babies to reduce allergy risk
Worried about peanut allergies in children? A practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) outlines five things to know about early introduction of peanuts in infants to reduce the risk of peanut allergy. (2019-07-22)
Patterns in DNA reveal hundreds of unknown protein pairings
Researchers have now found a new way to extract useful information out of sequenced DNA. (2019-07-11)
From centenarians' genetic code, a potential new therapy against cardiovascular diseases
Some people live much longer than average, partly thanks to their DNA. (2019-07-09)
Infection-fighting protein also senses protein misfolding in non-infected cells
Researchers at the University of Toronto have uncovered an immune mechanism by which host cells combat bacterial infection, and at the same time found that a protein crucial to that process can sense and respond to misfolded proteins in all mammalian cells. (2019-07-08)
Indications why older people are more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease
The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases with age. Susanne Wegmann of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Berlin and US colleagues have uncovered a possible cause for this connection: Certain molecules involved in the disease, termed tau-proteins, spread more easily in the aging brain. (2019-07-08)
Diet quality may affect risk of frailty in older adults
Poorer overall diet quality was linked with an increased risk of becoming frail in a study of US community-dwelling older adults, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2019-07-03)
Quorn protein builds muscle better than milk protein
A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, stimulates post-exercise muscle building to a greater extent than milk protein. (2019-07-03)
Scientists see how a protein preserves vision in a unique group of diabetic patients
An analysis of samples obtained from a well-studied cohort of over 1,000 patients affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 50 years or longer has identified a protein that protects against an eye condition called diabetic retinopathy (DR) -- one of the most common consequences of diabetes -- which impacts most diabetic patients after 20 years of living with the disease. (2019-07-03)
Protein-linked sugars are crucial for the uptake of proteins linked to Parkinson's disease
New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows how glycoproteins, proteins with added sugar molecules, influence the uptake of protein aggregates that are associated with Parkinson's disease. (2019-07-03)
UH researcher reports the way sickle cells form may be key to stopping them
University of Houston chemist Vassiliy Lubchenko is reporting a new finding in Nature Communications on how sickle cells are formed, which may lead not only to stopping their formation, but to new avenues for making uniformly-sized nanoparticles for industry. (2019-07-02)
Coupled proteins
Researchers from Heidelberg University and Sendai University in Japan used new biotechnological methods to study how human cells react to and further process external signals. (2019-07-01)
Protein linked to aggressive skin cancer
Almost 300,000 people worldwide develop malignant melanoma each year. The disease is the most serious form of skin cancer and the number of cases reported annually is increasing, making skin cancer one of Sweden's most common forms of cancer. (2019-06-28)
Review emphasizes the power of simple physical models for complex protein machines
The function of protein machines in biological cells is so complex that even supercomputers cannot predict their cycles at atomic detail. (2019-06-25)
Gold adds the shine of reversible assembly to protein cages
An international team including researchers from the University of Tsukuba has shown the reversible self-assembly of protein cages using gold ions to direct the process. (2019-06-18)
Adequate protein intake associates with lower risk of frailty
Adequate intake of protein is associated with a reduced risk of frailty and prefrailty in older women, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. (2019-06-18)
Cell division at high speed
When two proteins work together, this worsens the prognosis for lung cancer patients: their chances of survival are particularly poor in this case. (2019-06-18)
NUS researchers uncovers promising cancer target for liposarcoma
A study conducted by a team of researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at the National University of Singapore has revealed a close association between liposarcoma (LPS), a type of cancer that develops from fat cells, and the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) protein family. (2019-06-03)
Scientists engineer unique 'glowing' protein
Biophysicists from MIPT and their colleagues from France and Germany have created a new fluorescent protein. (2019-05-30)
Study reveals structure of a 'master switch' controlling cell division
Unregulated cell division is a hallmark of cancer, and one of the key proteins involved in controlling cell division is called FoxM1. (2019-05-28)
Dissolving protein traffic jam at the entrance of mitochondria
Researchers from Freiburg discovered a novel mechanism that ensures obstacle-free protein traffic into the powerhouse of the cell. (2019-05-23)
BU researchers discover a new beneficial function of an ancient protein
Cell boundaries are made of lipids. When cells are severely damaged, these lipids need to be rapidly removed to avoid toxicity and facilitate tissue healing. (2019-05-21)
New method simplifies the search for protein receptor complexes, speeding drug development
A a new method of assessing the actions of medicines by matching them to their unique protein receptors has the potential to greatly accelerate drug development and diminish the number of drug trials that fail during clinical trials. (2019-05-20)
Tumor-suppressing protein may be novel target in PAH therapy
In addition to suppressing tumors, the protein tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2) may play a role in preventing or treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). (2019-05-19)
Researchers block protein that plays a key role in Alzheimer's disease
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear to researchers that the protein galectin-3 is involved in inflammatory diseases in the brain. (2019-05-15)
Immune system discovery could aid quest for stem cell therapies
Scientists have discovered how stem cells can develop resistance against viruses, a finding that could aid the development of stem cell therapies. (2019-05-14)
Researchers create 'impossible' nano-sized protein cages with the help of gold
Researchers from an international collaboration have succeeded in creating a 'protein cage' -- a nanoscale structure that could be used to deliver drugs to specific places of the body -- that can be readily assembled and disassembled but that is also extremely durable, withstanding boiling and other extreme conditions. (2019-05-08)
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