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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Biomolecule's Behavior Under Artificial Conditions More Natural Than Expected

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers often analyze isolated biomolecules in test tubes, and it is doubtful if the results can be applied to densely-packed cells. A team of researchers monitored the folding of an RNA ... read more

Piecing Together the Cells Elevator-Like Mechanism for Sodium

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have pieced together how sodium is transported into and out of our cells. This could be a potential benefit for the development of novel treatments against some forms of cancer and ... read more

The Harbingers of Aging

Jan. 29, 2016 — Researchers have detected age-dependent alterations in metabolism and gene regulation in middle-aged fruitflies, and show that these effects are linked to a reduction in lifespan, suggests a new ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. These are non-trivial concerns, as food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — The bacteria living in our bodies are important for our health. The makeup of each person's microbiome plays a role in both the tendency to become obese and in each individual's reaction to ... read more

Mysterious 'Relief Valve' That Protects Cells from Swelling Better Understood Thanks to Research

Jan. 28, 2016 — Solving a long-standing mystery in cell biology, a team has shown how a key 'relief-valve' in cells keeps cells from taking in too much water and swelling excessively. The mechanism has ... read more

Epigenetics: The Importance of Mixed Motifs

Jan. 28, 2016 — Local modifications in histone proteins alter DNA packing density in the cell nucleus to regulate gene activity. They also form the basis of a code in which the significance of a given pattern or ... read more

Necroptosis: How Crystals Precipitate Cell Death

Jan. 28, 2016 — Crystal formation plays a defining role in the pathogenesis of a range of common diseases, such as gout and atherosclerosis. Researchers have now elucidated how the insoluble deposits induce cell ... read more

Sensing the Future of Molecule Detection, Bioproduction

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new method has been developed for engineering a broad range of biosensors to detect and signal virtually any desired molecule using living eukaryotic cells. Plant, yeast, even mammalian cells could ... read more

Scientists Make an Important Contribution to Decoding the Language of Cells

Jan. 27, 2016 — There are astonishing similarities between molecular mechanisms in neural stem cells and pancreatic islet cells, new research shows. This may lead to new forms of therapy, particularly for ... read more

Virologists Investigating Novel Applications for Viruses

Jan. 26, 2016 — Viruses can be classified in a completely new way based on viral structures, new research suggests. A better understanding of how viruses work can help open up new applications for viruses in the ... read more

Potential to Predict Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy Outcomes

Jan. 25, 2016 — Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy induces early, distinct changes in immune T-cell populations that potentially may help researchers determine which people will respond well to the therapy and ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A decades-long mystery of how the cell's powerhouse, and its energy currency of calcium ion flow, is maintained under different physiological conditions has been solved. The team identified a ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Acoustic tweezers that can move single cells in three dimensions using surface acoustic waves without touching, deforming or labeling the cells are possible, according to ... read more

The Neurons in Our Gut Help the Immune System Keep Inflammation in Check

Jan. 22, 2016 — The immune system must protect against potential infections, but over-vigilant reactions can cause problems. New research shows that neurons in the intestine send signals to immune cells to curb ... read more

Malaria Parasite Is Dependent on Heavy Metals

Jan. 22, 2016 — The malaria parasite is rendered barren when the transport of heavy metals such as copper and iron is blocked. In addition, researchers identified six proteins that are essential to the life stages ... read more

A Defense Protein That Causes Cancer

Jan. 22, 2016 — Cancer is caused by the growth of an abnormal cell which harbours DNA mutations. A few years ago, scientists have identified an important mutagen which lies in our own cells: APOBEC, a protein that ... read more

‘Homing’ Molecule Discovery Could Help Speed-Up Fight Against Flu

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a new molecule which could help better target and kick-start the body's natural fight against common infections like ... read more

Exact Pol(e) Position -- Precisely Where the Polymerase Is Changed

Jan. 21, 2016 — A method for the thorough analysis of protein modifications has been developed by researchers who have mapped the phosphorylation sites of the RNA polymerase II enzyme, which is responsible for ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Scientists have made a 'vitamin mimic' -- a molecule that looks and acts just like a natural vitamin to bacteria -- that offers a new window into the inner workings of living ... read more

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