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New book on protein homeostasis from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
A new book, (2011-10-07)

National survey highlights perceived importance of dietary protein to prevent weight gain
Atkins Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, etc., etc., etc. Chances are you have known someone who has tried a high protein diet. In a new study released in the May/June 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers found a relatively high proportion of women who reported using the practice of ''eating more protein'' to prevent weight gain, which was associated with reported weight loss. (2013-04-26)

Explaining the persistence of Hepatitis C
Hahn and colleagues previously showed that of the major Hepatitis C virus (HCV) proteins, only one, the nucleocapsid core protein, can confer on a carrier virus the ability to evade the host animal's immune system. Because this finding might help explain the long-term viral persistence that makes hepatitis C intractable, this group has now screened for lymphocyte proteins that can interact specifically with the viral core protein (2000-11-12)

Cornell Chemists Determine The Structure Of A New, Key Protein
Cornell chemists have determined the structure of a key protein that binds to a powerful immunosuppressive agent, opening the door to improved cancer treatments and human gene therapy (1996-07-12)

Making bacteria make useful proteins
By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. (2009-09-06)

A biomolecule as a light switch
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany have uncovered the molecular mechanism of switchable fluorescent proteins. (2005-09-29)

Researchers mapped interactions of key group of human proteins, the protein phosphatases
Unlike with protein kinases, the current knowledge of protein phosphatase functions remains fragmentary. In a new study, a Finnish-Swiss research team report global quantitative interactomics analysis covering half of the human protein phosphatome. Furthermore, the study reveals novel physical as well as functional links to phosphatase-based regulation of human cancer. (2017-03-15)

Making protein nanostructures
Dots of protein hundreds of times smaller than those in any commercial (2004-04-01)

Stable protein decoy neutralized SARS-CoV-2 in cells and protected hamsters from viral challenge
Researchers have designed a protein 'decoy' that mimics the interface where the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binds a human cell, one version of which could neutralize virus infection in cells and protect hamsters from viral challenge. (2020-11-05)

Inactivity of proteins behind longer shelf life when freezing
Frozen biological material, for example food, can be kept for a long time without perishing. A study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is close to providing answers as to why. (2009-03-03)

High protein diets cause dehydration, even in trained atheletes
A diet high in protein silently caused dehydration in endurance athletes, individuals whose training gave them a greater capacity to adapt to dehydration than the average person. (2002-04-22)

Study reveals how Ebola blocks immune system
Researchers have identified one way the Ebola virus dodges the body's antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies. (2014-08-29)

Study pinpoints protein's role in cancer spread
Edinburgh scientists have identified the way a specific cell protein can trigger the spread of cancer. (2006-07-24)

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)

A new biotinylation enzyme for analyzing protein-protein interactions
Proteins play roles by interacting with various other proteins. Therefore, interaction analysis is an indispensable technique for studying the function of proteins. In this research, we have developed a biotinylation enzyme, AirID, using an ancestral enzyme reconstruction algorithm. AirID is a highly active biotinylation enzyme with low toxicity. By using AirID, comprehensive biotinylation of proteins interacting with a target protein in cells was achieved when the target protein was expressed as a fusion protein with AirID. (2020-07-06)

High-protein canola meal beneficial for growing pigs
A new study at the University of Illinois has determined that high-protein canola meal could prove to be a valuable ingredient in swine diets. (2016-02-29)

Wonder what drives protein cravings? This study will satiate your curiosity
Researchers have identified the neural circuit that drives protein cravings in fruit flies. (2017-05-04)

Conserved amino acids play both structural and mechanistic roles in sandwich-like protein
A study of azurin has shown that amino acids in this sandwich-like protein are there to stabilize the structure and also to speed up the protein-folding process. The finding could apply to other sandwich-like proteins and might benefit research on diseases related to misfolded proteins. (2005-03-07)

C-reactive protein - more than a heart disease marker
C-reactive protein, a risk of heart disease, also participates in the atherosclerosis that narrows heart arteries. According to a report that went online in the (2004-01-26)

Fatal thrombotic disease in designer mice lacking vascular thrombomodulin
The protein C pathway, which is initiated by the interaction of thrombin with the vascular surface protein thrombomodulin (TM), provides an important brake on blood clotting. Although defects in protein C, protein S, and clotting factor V, other players in this pathway, are known causes of thrombosis, the physiological role of TM in adult hemostasis has proved difficult to pin down (2001-08-15)

UT Southwestern researchers discover protein that promotes cell death
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have discovered that the protein SMAC may lead to the development of drugs that eliminate cancerous cells. The protein, second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases, promotes apoptosis, or cell death. (2000-09-10)

System that predicts protein structures could help researchers design drugs
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health recently granted University of Missouri researchers $1.18 million to further develop and improve their protein prediction software system called MULTICOM. Using this system to understand protein structures in diseases can help scientists design drugs for a variety of diseases. (2010-05-18)

Iowa State University researcher shows proteins have controlled motions
Iowa State University researcher Robert Jernigan believes that his research shows proteins have controlled motions. Most biochemists traditionally believe proteins have many random, uncontrolled movements. (2008-08-27)

Computing the connections between proteins
Searching for a soul mate, new friends, or just fresh contacts? Turns out that proteins have similar (2000-07-19)

Scientists pinpoint protein link to fat storage
A protein found present in all cells in the body could help scientists better understand how we store fat. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the protein invadolysin, which is essential for healthy cell division, is present in lipid droplets -- the parts of cells used to store fat. (2009-09-17)

Diabetic drug could help prevent the spread of cancer
A protein activated by certain drugs already approved for treating type II diabetes may slow or stop the spread of breast tumors. (2011-05-31)

Scientists present pre- and postfusion cryo-em structures of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
Scientists report two new cryo-EM structures representing the pre- and postfusion conformations of the full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein, an essential viral component responsible for host cell entry and the spread of infection. (2020-07-21)

Bridges experimental and bioinformatics perspectives to delineate protein-DNA interactions
The control of gene expression by protein-DNA interactions is one of the foundations of molecular biology. (2013-02-14)

Engineered SARS-CoV-2 protein offers better stability and yields for vaccine researchers
A team of scientists has engineered the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus - a critical component of potential COVID-19 vaccines - to be more environmentally stable and generate larger yields in the lab. (2020-07-23)

New analysis proves protein supplements provide significant benefits for weight lifters
The debate is over. Dietary protein supplements significantly improve muscle strength and size when taken by healthy adults who lift weights, a determination reached by McMaster scientists who analyzed dozens of research studies. (2018-02-07)

Spanish scientists modify with pulsed light the protein that causes most allergies to milk
Spanish scientists from the University of Granada and the Azti-Tecnalia technology center have designed a type of lactose protein which is easier to digest by humans, and which could lower the allergenicity of milk. They have done this without at all altering its functional properties. (2015-02-03)

Protein study helps shape understanding of body forms
Scientists have shed light on why some people are apple-shaped and others are pear-shaped. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed a protein that plays a part in how fat is stored in the body. (2011-03-09)

Understanding Alzheimer's disease: Animal research points to new direction for therapy
Alzheimer's disease may be caused by a transportation problem in the brain, and that discovery suggests a new direction for therapy, according to Saint Louis University research published in the October issue of Neuroscience. (2003-10-06)

Getting yeast to pump up the protein production
Northwestern University researchers have genetically modified yeast to prevent it from metabolizing protein, leading to higher yields of an industrially useful product. (2015-02-02)

New study uncovers how brain cells degrade dangerous protein aggregates
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have discovered a key mechanism responsible for selectively degrading aggregates of ubiquitinated proteins from the cell. Their findings indicate that the capture and removal of such aggregates is mediated by the phosphorylation of a protein called p62, opening the door to new avenues for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease and Alzheimer's disease. (2011-11-07)

Low protein diets may improve blood sugar regulation in obesity
In this issue of the JCI, research led by Adam Rose at the German Cancer Research Center demonstrated that very low protein diets can improve glucose homeostasis in mice and humans. (2016-08-22)

Potato power: Spuds serve high quality protein that's good for women's muscle
Researchers from McMaster University have found that the potato, primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can be a source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle. (2020-05-05)

Measurements Of Protein Surface Verify Electrostatics Model
Using a surface-force apparatus, researchers at the University of Illinois have measured the electrostatic properties of a protein surface at the molecular level. Their results provide the first direct comparison between localized measurements and theoretical predictions. (1998-12-03)

Beans and peas increase fullness more than meat
Meals based on legumes such as beans and peas are more satiating than pork and veal-based meals according to a recent study by the University of Copenhagen's Department of Nutrition, Excercise and Sports. Results suggest that sustainable eating may also help with weight loss. (2016-12-09)

Researchers find changes to protein SirT1
Studies have suggested that the protein SirT1 may be protective in metabolic diseases and the effects of aging, and diminished SirT1 activity has been reported in various disease models including diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Maintaining a normal level of this protein may be effective in preventing obesity- and age-related diseases. (2014-01-27)

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