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New study shows why people gain weight as they get older

September 10, 2019

Many people struggle to keep their weight in check as they get older. Now new research at Karolinska…
Flower-shaped biomaterials are made of engineered protein building blocks. Image credit: Nancy Hernandez, William Hansen and Slava Manichev
New technique helps engineer water filters, human tissues

August 2, 2019

Scientists at Rutgers University have developed a technique to turn proteins into never-ending patterns that look like flowers, trees or…
Lipid bodies help antibiotics to kill TB infections

July 3, 2019

Researchers are a step closer to better understanding how to treat one of the world’s deadliest diseases tuberculosis…
Plants’ Oil-Production Accelerator Also Activates the Brakes

June 21, 2019

Scientists discover seemingly paradoxical mechanism for regulating oil synthesis Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. Department of…
Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target

May 23, 2019

For most people, the influenza A virus (IAV), commonly known as the flu, is cleared from the body…
Plant Cells Eat Their Own … Membranes and Oil Droplets

May 3, 2019

Study IDs dual role for “autophagy”—a.k.a. “self-eating”—in building and breaking down plant oils. Manipulating the process could drive…
Research explains nature of key plant-fungus interfaces

March 6, 2019

For millions of years, plants and fungi have exchanged crucial nutrients such as phosphate and fatty acids. These…
UGA to host NIH Compound ID Development Core

January 11, 2019

University of Georgia scientists will utilize genetics and quantum chemistry as tools for identifying unknown metabolites in the human…
Mass spectrometry team earns grant to map body at the cellular level

October 2, 2018

A team of Vanderbilt University imaging experts won grants in the first round of the National Institutes of…
Lipid droplets play crucial roles beyond fat storage

August 23, 2018

Lipid droplets: they were long thought of merely as the formless blobs of fat out of which spare…
Study reveals phosphorous-containing lipid in membrane activates cell proliferation

June 1, 2018

Researchers at the University of Tokyo revealed that a phosphorous-containting lipid in the membrane plays a critical role…
Living cell membranes can self-sort their components by ‘demixing’

December 7, 2017

Cells — the building blocks of our bodies — are encapsulated by membranes. The same goes for the…
Boosting a lipid fuel makes mice less sensitive to the cold

September 13, 2017

When grandpa nudges the settings on the thermostat, there’s likely a good reason. Humans, like other animals, become…
Scientists watch fat metabolism in live fish, observe real-time lipid biochemistry

May 9, 2017

Baltimore, MD—Studying how our bodies metabolize lipids such as fatty acids, triglycerides, and cholesterol can teach us about…
As cells age, the fat content within them shifts

January 21, 2017

As cells age and stop dividing, their fat content changes, along with the way they produce and break…
Team finds new way to attach lipids to proteins, streamlining drug development

November 23, 2016

Protein-based drugs are used in the treatment of every kind of malady, from cancer to heart disease to…
New imaging method developed for lipid with many functions

September 29, 2016

An essential molecule in cells, called phosphatidic acid (PA), is at the center of a cellular biology mystery.…
Broadening the Bilayer of Cellular Membranes

April 2, 2016

Researchers use Titan to understand new theories about human, animal cellular membranes Lipid molecules have split personalities—one part…
Research Advances Oil Production in Yeast

January 27, 2016

A team led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing…
Scientists found that lipids are used to direct growth of axons to the spinal cord

August 28, 2015

Injuries that involve spinal cord damage usually take a lot of time to heal properly and usually still…
Seeing the Action Inside of a Cell

May 27, 2015

Cells are biological wonders. Throughout billions of years of existence on Earth, these tiny units of life have…
Using human fat cells to fight infection

April 20, 2015

A University of Queensland scientist is part of an international team awarded $US1.3 million to help identify how…
New views of enzyme structures offer insights into metabolism of cholesterol, other lipids

March 3, 2015

With the aid of X-ray crystallography, researchers at the University of Michigan have revealed the structures of two…
Novel high-throughput micro-device to form asymmetric bio-membranes

November 27, 2014

The research group of Dr. Rikiya Watanabe and Prof. Hiroyuki Noji at the University of Tokyo Graduate School…
Fat feedback: Lipids, not calories, trigger a strong Insulin response

October 27, 2014

Insulin is a reaction to what we eat: Especially food with plenty of carbohydrates rises the blood sugar…
‘Endless possibilities’ for bio-nanotechnology

October 9, 2014

Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses…
Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

September 19, 2014

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists to identify a…
‘Fingerprinting’ cell metabolism points toward study of obesity, diabetes

September 9, 2014

Researchers have used a new imaging platform to map lipid metabolism in the living cells of a transparent…
Unhealthy attachments

February 26, 2014

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara take a deep look at the structure of myelin membranes to uncover insight…
A new tool for engineering crop tolerance

July 22, 2013

Tolerance of phosphorus limitation in plants is linked to a previously unidentified lipid family. Phosphorus (P) is one…
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