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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

Metabolic protein launches sugar feast that nurtures brain tumors

Metabolic protein launches sugar feast that nurtures brain tumors

ScienceDaily (Nov. Continue reading