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With a protein ‘delivery,’ parasite can suppress its host’s immune response

January 24, 2020

Toxoplasma gondii is best known as the parasite that may lurk in a cat’s litter box. Nearly a third…
Protein’s role in inflammation-related cancer studied

August 22, 2019

It’s well established that chronic inflammation can lead to colon cancer, but the molecular mechanisms behind this association…
Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause tuberculosis. Image credit NIAID via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Temperature-stable experimental tuberculosis vaccine enters clinical testing

January 28, 2019

Vaccinations have begun in a Phase 1 human clinical trial testing a freeze-dried, temperature-stable formulation of an experimental…
Embryos remember the chemicals that they encounter

November 13, 2018

We all start out as a clump of identical cells. As these cells divide and multiply, they gradually…
Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants

August 8, 2018

As plants stretch toward the summer sun, they are marching toward one of the most important decisions of…
Keeping plant-cell motors on track

March 21, 2018

Within both plant and animal cells, motor proteins act like the engines in a busy train system. They…
Surprise finding could lead to new MS treatments

March 13, 2018

A surprise finding by medical scientists may lead to the development of a possible treatment for multiple sclerosis…
Medical researchers find protein that marks difference between cancer and non-cancer cells

March 13, 2018

A discovery sheds light on how cancerous cells differ from healthy ones, and could lead to the development…
Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial ‘machines’

June 9, 2017

New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Nanoscale, has probed the structure and material…
Researchers Uncover New Instruction Manual to Repair Broken DNA

June 9, 2017

Drexel University and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have discovered how the Rad52 protein is a crucial player…
Commercializing structural biology knowledge can save money and speed drug discovery

June 2, 2017

HarkerBIO is a “shining star” in the growing biotech ecosystem taking shape on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.…
Protein ‘spy’ gains new abilities

April 28, 2017

Rice University scientists have learned to spy on cells with a divide-and-conquer strategy to label proteins. Graduate student…
Cellular ‘Garbage Disposal’ Has Another Job

March 20, 2017

A subset of protein complexes whose role has long been thought to consist only of chemically degrading and…
Orm-way’s Orsay ummy-tay? Unique protein partly to blame

March 8, 2017

A protein unlike any other appears to be partially responsible for upsetting the stomachs of the most common…
New protein could be key in fighting debilitating parasitic disease

February 17, 2017

A naturally occurring protein has been discovered that shows promise as a biocontrol weapon against schistosomiasis, one of…
Chemicals Hitch a Ride onto New Protein for Better Compounds

February 12, 2017

Chemists have developed a powerful new method of selectively linking chemicals to proteins, a major advance in the…
Bringing Silicon to Life

December 5, 2016

A new study is the first to show that living organisms can be persuaded to make silicon-carbon bonds—something…
First structural map of the cystic fibrosis protein sheds light on how mutations cause disease

December 2, 2016

Rockefeller scientists have created the first three-dimensional map of the protein responsible for cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease…
Study finds molecule that functions as cellular “logic board”

November 13, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo found that a protein called parafibromin acts like a computer logic board…
Supercomputing the P53 protein as a promising anticancer therapy

November 6, 2016

Even though it’s almost impossible to see, computational biophysicist Rommie Amaro is using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas…
Protein linked to Alzheimer’s may also play a role in schizophrenia

October 19, 2016

A specific protein implicated in the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s disease also appears to play a role in…
Engineering a Protein to Combat Dengue Fever, Zika

September 30, 2016

A team of scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, has uncovered how small insecticidal protein…
Demystifying the resilience of water bears

September 21, 2016

A new water bear protein can protect the DNA of human cultured cells from otherwise lethal amounts of…
Consortium to investigate tau buildup in Alzheimer’s disease

September 12, 2016

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will collaborate with the pharmaceutical companies AbbVie, Biogen, and Eli…
Findings about protein could open door to new class of antibiotics

September 2, 2016

Researchers have made the first-ever detailed, atomic-level images of a peroxiredoxin, which has revealed a peculiar characteristic of…
Beneficial role clarified for brain protein associated with mad cow disease

August 10, 2016

Scientists have clarified details in understanding the beneficial function of a type of protein normally associated with prion…
Study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss

August 4, 2016

Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression…
An Extraordinary Standard: New NIST Protein Could Spur Biopharmaceutical Innovation

July 30, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued one of the world’s most intricate measurement standards:…
An engineered protein can disrupt tumor-promoting ‘messages’ in human cells

July 22, 2016

Over a century of research has shined light on the once-murky innards of our cells, from the genes…
Researchers discover powerful defense against free radicals that cause aging, disease

July 1, 2016

Free radicals cause cell damage and death, aging and disease, and scientists have sought new ways to repel…
Study shows how cancer drugs affect cell protein function

June 26, 2016

How a key protein in cancer cells changes its shape, function and interactions with other proteins when exposed…
Novel production system for high-quality protein crystals

June 16, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a superconducting magnet system to create a quasi-microgravity environment where…
Scientists Find Molecular Link Between Zika and Microcephaly

April 1, 2016

Strengthening the link between Zika virus and microcephaly, scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered that a protein…
Blood protein linked to low platelet count in intensive care patients

February 23, 2016

Monitoring levels of a specific protein in the blood could help doctors predict whether intensive care patients are…
The future of precision medicine

February 10, 2016

As medical professionals search for new ways to personalize the diagnosis and treatment of disease, a research team…
Scientists Discover Protein’s Starring Role in Genome Stability, and Possibly Cancer Prevention

February 2, 2016

If you have a soft spot for unsung heroes, you’ll love a DNA repair protein called XPG. Scientists…
Cancer drug target visualized at atomic resolution

February 1, 2016

A new study shows that it is possible to use an imaging technique called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to…
The roles of BMP signaling in mouse ES cells

January 26, 2016

A University of Tokyo research group, in collaboration with Uppsala University, revisited the role of bone morphogenetic protein…
Beetle to prevent blockages in oil

December 11, 2015

A protein from a tiny long-horned beetle may prove to be a safe, eco-friendly alternative to the chemicals…
Closing the loop on an HIV escape mechanism

December 4, 2015

Nearly 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV. When the virus destroys so many immune cells that…
Researchers Develop Model to Study, Find Ways to Target Rare Tumor

November 21, 2015

Cancer researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found a new target that could lead to therapies for…
Mutations in key cancer protein suggest new route to treatments

November 19, 2015

For years, scientists have struggled to find a way to block a protein known to play an important…
Decoding what goes wrong in arthritis

October 7, 2015

Scientists have discovered what they believe has the potential to prevent the onset of an aggressive and hard-to-treat…
Protein Conjugation Method Offers New Possibilities for Biomaterials

October 1, 2015

Biological systems are at the source of many products designed to improve our lives. Recombinant DNA, for example,…
Scientists decode structure at root of muscular disease

September 29, 2015

Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have unlocked the structural details of a protein seen…
Researchers transform recoded cells into factories that produce novel proteins

September 10, 2015

A Yale research team led by Jesse Rinehart and their colleagues at Northwestern University has improved ways to…
Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research

August 31, 2015

Florida State University researchers have taken a big step forward in the fight against cancer with a discovery…
Team identifies structure of tumor-suppressing protein

August 27, 2015

An international group of researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University physicists Mathias Lösche and Frank Heinrich have established the structure of an…
Predicting Risk for Deadly Cardiac Events

August 13, 2015

A marker commonly used to determine if a patient is having a heart attack can also be used…
PINK1 protein crucial for removing broken-down energy reactors

August 13, 2015

Cells are powered by tiny energy reactors called mitochondria. When damaged, they leak destructive molecules that can cause…
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