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Cell suicide could hold key for brain health and food security

August 26, 2019

Research into the self-destruction of cells in humans and plants could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative brain diseases…
Scientists uncover how cells kill themselves for the benefit of the organism

August 23, 2019

You are just billions of different cells interacting between themselves in order to maintain this big beautiful organism…
Discovery of self-destruct mechanism in algae could have broad applications for antibiotics and biofuels

March 27, 2019

In a discovery that could have broad applications from the development of targeted antibiotics to the production of…
Cell Death Protein also Damps Inflammation

October 2, 2018

Inflammation is one strategy your body uses to fight infection, but if it gets out of control it…
DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpart

June 25, 2018

A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, ‘flips’ lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering…
What happens to a dying cell’s corpse? New findings illuminate an old problem

March 27, 2018

Death is certain for all living things, including the body’s cells. The act of dying is in fact…
Science in Focus: Using Light to Make Single Cells Self-Destruct

January 10, 2017

The human brain may be the most complex object in the universe – 86 billion cells of many…
An “IRBIT”uary before cell death

December 21, 2016

Billions of cells in our bodies die every day in an important process called apoptosis. Now, researchers at…
Sensory response to environmental stimuli modulated by form of vitamin B3 in worms

October 12, 2016

Sensory response to environmental stimuli modulated by form of vitamin B3 in worms Experiments show that too much…
Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

July 9, 2016

Our skin is kept healthy by a constant turnover, with dying skin cells being shed and replaced by…
A newly discovered way for cells to die

April 11, 2016

Some cells are meant to live, and some are meant to die. The linker cell of Caenorhabditis elegans,…
Cancer cells’ ability to self-repair may spawn new treatments

March 26, 2016

Because they have narrow bodies and no collarbones, mice are able to squeeze through holes as small as…
Apoptosis: The Power of Three

February 6, 2016

Each of our cells has a time to die. Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, helps keep our bodies…
Probing the mystery of how cancer cells die

December 19, 2015

You’ve probably never heard of “sphingolipids” before. But these curiously named organic compounds play a vital role in…
Mutations prevent programmed cell death

December 18, 2014

Programmed cell death is a mechanism that causes defective and potentially harmful cells to destroy themselves. It serves…
New Way to Study How Human Cells Become Immortal, a Crucial Precursor to Cancer

November 7, 2014

Every day, some of your cells stop dividing, and that’s a good thing. Cells that proliferate indefinitely are…
Synthetic molecule makes cancer self-destruct

August 11, 2014

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have created a molecule that can…
The fight against the “dangers inside”: Necrosis-driven systemic immune response alters metabolic state

May 19, 2014

Many unwanted cells are removed by programmed cell death during development and the process of sustaining life. When…
Anti-malarial drug in combination with starvation can trick tumors into “eating” themselves

January 31, 2014

The majority of current cancer treatments is limited, as tumors are able to develop drug resistance. In particular,…
Apoptosis at proper timing is crucial for brain development

January 24, 2014

It is known that many cells in our brains die in the course of fetal development. If this…
Substance found in toad venom induces programmed cell death in tumours

November 25, 2013

Cinobufacini, a substance extracted for venom glands of an Asian toad, has been a recognized therapy in traditional…
A major step towards the cure of sporadic ALS

October 16, 2013

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) develops mainly in the middle-aged and elderly and is characterized by progressive muscular weakness…
A protein that can mean life or death for cells

September 18, 2013

A research team at IRB discovers that Mitofusin 2 confers the cell with the sensitivity to understand its…
Scientists identify gene that regulates stem cell death and skin regeneration

June 22, 2013

Stem cells, known for their ability to self-renew and differentiate into any kind of tissue, are considered by…
Study shows how young genes become essential for life

June 8, 2013

Researchers from UConn and other institutions in the U.S. and abroad have shown how a relatively young gene…
Live and let die

May 31, 2013

A protein called c-FLIP-R is critical to immune cell survival: If this molecule is missing, the cells kill…
The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons

May 24, 2013

As the human body fine-tunes its neurological wiring, nerve cells often must fix a faulty connection by amputating…
SUMO wrestling cells reveal new protective mechanism target for stroke

May 20, 2013

Scientists investigating the interaction of a group of proteins in the brain responsible for protecting nerve cells from…
Study IDs key protein for cell death

May 15, 2013

Findings may offer a new way to kill cancer cells by forcing them into an alternative programmed-death pathway.…
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