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Cell signalling breakthrough opens up new avenues for research

November 6, 2019

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a major breakthrough in the field of cell signaling. In…
Caleb Kemere. (Credit: Rice University)
Hidden signals may hold key to mechanism of memory

September 5, 2019

What are our brains up to when we sleep? Rice University electrical and computer engineer Caleb Kemere will seek answers…
Red Light, Green Light: Protein Signaling Illuminated

May 9, 2019

Technology reveals previously undetectable protein signaling activity in diabetes, cancer. Proteins are the workhorses of the cell. Their…
Embryos’ signals take multiple paths

March 12, 2019

Rice University scientists have found significant differences between the methods signaling pathways use to prompt cells to differentiate…
Cells use sugars to communicate at the molecular level

March 5, 2019

The human body is made up of 30 to 40 million cells, a large and complex network of…
Embryos’ signaling proteins go with the flow

March 4, 2019

Rice University scientists say context rules dynamic mechanisms that turn cells into tissues. How cells in developing embryos…
Scientists catch heartbeat ‘molecular switch’ in action

February 15, 2019

Oxford University Radcliffe Department of Medicine researchers have developed a new method that uses a protein originally found…
Rice synthetic biologist Joff Silberg, left, graduate student Josh Atkinson and their colleagues have developed protein switches that can be used to control the flow of electrons within cells. The synthetic proteins are one of the few remaining components needed to mimic entire electronic devices within cells. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Switch-in-a-cell electrifies life

December 19, 2018

Scientists at Rice University have developed synthetic protein switches to control the flow of electrons. The proof-of-concept, metal-containing…
New possible target for treating major common diseases

December 5, 2018

There is a large, untapped potential for developing drugs against cancer, fibrosis and cardiovascular diseases by targeting a…
How Communication Among Cells Affects Development of Multicellular Tissue

October 18, 2018

Using a combination of computational modeling and experimental techniques, a research team has developed new information about how…
Plants capable of rapid, long-distance defensive signaling to warn leaves of danger

October 5, 2018

Plants have a built-in wound sensor and rapid communication system that allows them to defend themselves when attacked…
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances

September 17, 2018

In one video, you can see a hungry caterpillar, first working around a leaf’s edges, approaching the base…
Research into cell-to-cell signalling mechanism may lead to new cancer treatments

July 31, 2018

Pioneering new research into the way in which cells communicate with each other could hold the key to…
Bacterial Communities Use Sophisticated Strategy to Communicate over Long Distances

July 26, 2018

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s…
Cells Communicate in a Dynamic Code

February 20, 2018

The work, conducted in the laboratory of Michael Elowitz, professor of biology and bioengineering, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,…
From fungi to humans, ‘smart valves’ assist communication within, between cells

February 2, 2018

A basic structure that allows cells and subcellular units to converse in chemical language turns out to have…
New Graphene-Based System Could Help Us ‘See’ Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells

December 19, 2016

Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, to function like the film…
Analog computing returns

June 21, 2016

A transistor, conceived of in digital terms, has two states: on and off, which can represent the 1s…
Plant signals travel different routes to turn on defense

April 28, 2016

Faced with a pathogen, important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to…
Scientists discovered a key to painless life

December 7, 2015

There are people who, because of certain genetic mutations, are unable to feel pain. Scientists have been trying…
Large-Scale Modeling Shows Confinement Effects on Cell Macromolecules

November 17, 2015

Using large-scale computer modeling, researchers have shown the effects of confinement on macromolecules inside cells – and taken…
Researchers design computational tool to prospect novel bioconversion pathways

November 11, 2015

Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State have developed a two-step workflow to optimize metabolic…
Researchers Identify New Route for Release of Steroid Hormones

November 6, 2015

Steroid hormones – hormones such as testosterone and estradiol – control various aspects of animal biology and are…
Researchers identify essential component of antiviral defense

November 6, 2015

Infectious disease researchers at the University of Georgia have identified a signaling protein critical for host defense against…
Engineers design magnetic cell sensors

November 2, 2015

MIT engineers have designed magnetic protein nanoparticles that can be used to track cells or to monitor interactions…
Manipulating cell signaling for better muscle function in muscular dystrophy

October 26, 2015

Every heart beat and step in our daily lives is dependent on the integrity of muscles and the…
A social network of human proteins

October 23, 2015

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich and at the MPI of Molecular…
Bees to scientists: “We’re more complicated than you think”

October 22, 2015

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according…
Network control: Letting noise lead the way

September 24, 2015

These building blocks of life are constantly changing. They can spontaneously express different proteins and genes, change shape…
Scientists uncovered how proteins interact to turn two signals into an integrated output

August 28, 2015

Scientists in the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how some proteins interact to turn…
How parasitic plants know when to attack

July 31, 2015

An international team of researchers, including scientists at The University of Western Australia, have discovered how parasitic plants,…
New research reveals poor communication between sex chromosomes

July 30, 2015

According to a Smithsonian Magazine feature titled “Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappers,” Arizona State University School…
Unlocking the Rice Immune System

July 27, 2015

A bacterial signal that when recognized by rice plants enables the plants to resist a devastating blight disease…
Discovery of nanotubes offers new clues about cell-to-cell communication

July 2, 2015

When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more “old school” than was previously…
Team programs solitary yeast cells to say ‘hello’ to one another

July 1, 2015

For centuries, humans have been playing with yeast. But these simple fungal cells usually do their jobs —…
JPL, Caltech Team Up to Tackle Big-Data Projects

June 25, 2015

There’s a growing need among scientists and engineers for tools that can help them handle, explore and analyze…
Plants make big decisions with microscopic cellular competition

June 18, 2015

In the age of tablet computers and smart phones, it’s easy to feel inundated and overloaded by information.…
Language of Cells: Pull to Open

June 11, 2015

Scientists have solved a decades-old mystery about how our cells communicate with one another to build and maintain…
Dynamin: a new tool to tackle neurological disorders

June 4, 2015

In a world first, neuroscientists at Flinders University have identified a series of chemical tools that can either…
Researchers discover surprisingly wide variation across species in genetic systems that influence aging

May 28, 2015

A new Iowa State University study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and…
After a sip of milkshake, genes and brain activity predict weight gain

May 21, 2015

The way the brain responds while sipping a delicious milkshake can predict who will gain weight and who…
How to Reset a Diseased Cell

May 4, 2015

In proof-of-concept experiments, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine demonstrate the ability to tune…
The Mechanics of Life

April 17, 2015

An interdisciplinary research team formed by Otger Campàs, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University…
Pain and Analgesia Pathways Fine-Tune Neurons’ Sensitivity to Each Other

April 13, 2015

At the cellular level, pain and pain relief are caused by two different signaling pathways. But the two…
Scientists identified signaling pathway in lymphoma

April 13, 2015

Researchers from the University of Zurich have recently conducted a study to demonstrate that the central signaling pathway…
Study: Near-death brain signaling accelerates demise of the heart

April 7, 2015

What happens in the moments just before death is widely believed to be a slowdown of the body’s…
Growth signal can influence cancer cells’ vulnerability to drugs, study suggests

February 27, 2015

In theory, a tumor is an army of clones, made up of many copies of the original cancerous…
Identification of a pheromone that transmits danger signals in rats

January 5, 2015

Animals release specific odors into the air when they are stressed, and these odors increase anxiety in conspecifics.…
Exploring Embryonic Development

November 13, 2014

Think about the way our bodies are assembled during early development and ask: How do neighboring cells know…
Cytoscape: a growing app network for network biology

October 22, 2014

Collating and visualizing vast network data can be as easy as downloading an app – an open source…
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