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Research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Research may have important implications for combating diabetes

Dec. 12, 2012 — Research by University of Notre Dame biochemist Anthony S. Serianni is providing new insights that could have important implications for understanding and treating diabetes Continue reading

Steroid hormone receptor prefers working alone to shut off immune system genes

Steroid hormone receptor prefers working alone to shut off immune system genes

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Obesity reversed in mice by manipulating production of an enzyme

Obesity reversed in mice by manipulating production of an enzyme

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — Approximately 68 percent of U.S. Continue reading

Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill diseased cells, modify others

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time. Continue reading

Glowing fish shed light on metabolism

Glowing fish shed light on metabolism

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Role of cellular entry point of anthrax identified

Role of cellular entry point of anthrax identified

ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2012) — Anthrax uses a receptor on the surface of cells to inject its lethal toxins. However, the physiological function of this receptor, named Anthrax Toxin Receptor 2a (Antxr2a), remained unknown until now. Continue reading

Mechanism for the transformation of colon polyps

Mechanism for the transformation of colon polyps

ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2012) — The causes underlying the development of certain types of common cancers have not yet been elucidated. Continue reading

Adapting fish defenses to block human infections: Antimicrobial peptide of fish gills inspire clean surfaces

Adapting fish defenses to block human infections: Antimicrobial peptide of fish gills inspire clean surfaces

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — An undergraduate research team analyzes peptides from fish gills to engineer antimicrobial surfaces for food preparation and medical devices. Living in an environment teaming with bacteria and fungi, fish have evolved powerful defenses against waterborne pathogens, including antimicrobial peptides located in their gills Continue reading

Chromatin remodeling: Activating ACL1 with a little help from ‘friends’

Chromatin remodeling: Activating ACL1 with a little help from ‘friends’

ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — Chromatin remodeling — the packaging and unpackaging of genomic DNA and its associated proteins — regulates a host of fundamental cellular processes including gene transcription, DNA repair, programmed cell death as well as cell fate. In their latest study, scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research are continuing to unravel the finicky details of how these architectural alterations are controlled Continue reading

New mechanism for cancer progression discovered

New mechanism for cancer progression discovered

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — The protein Ras plays an important role in cellular growth control. Researchers have focused on the protein because mutations in its gene are found in more than 30 percent of all cancers, making it the most prevalent human oncogene. Continue reading