Archive for proteins

may 2015

Today’s posting: courtesy of Harvard University researchers and science writers

Activating genes on demand
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University — March 3, 2015

Blood Work
“Decreased red blood cell clearance appears to predict serious disease”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015

How to Kill a Protein
“Cells have been doing it for millions of years, and we’re just starting to learn their tactics”
Harvard Medical School News — April 22, 2015
“Artificially activating a neural link in mice can reduce eating without chronic hunger”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015
New Chapter in Epigenetics
“Unsuspected DNA modification raises possibility of new carrier of heritable epigenetic information”
Harvard Medical School News — April 30, 2015
‘New clarity’ against Alzheimer’s
“Recent findings open the door for a breakthrough, Tanzi says”
Harvard Gazette, Science and Health/Health and Medicine — May 5, 2015

Zooming in on Transcription
“How RNA machinery navigates our genomic obstacle course”
Harvard Medical School News — April 23, 2015


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May 2014: 3

Genes and Galaxies
Symposium taps experts to consider how genetic research can “boldly go where no one has gone before . . .”
Harvard Medical School News — March 27, 2014

Immune System Linked to Neurodegeneration
“Scientists connect genetic variation and immunology in risk for neurodegenerative and other diseases”
Marjorie Montemayor-Quallenberg, Harvard Medical School News — May 2, 2014 

Investigators Discover How Key Protein Enhances Memory and Learning
“Case Western Reserve finding could pave way to cognitive disease therapies”
Jeannette Spalding, Case Western Reserve University News release — May 2, 2014

Lifesaving procedure with an image problem
Jane E. Brody, New York Times Well blog — April 21, 2014

Anti aging protein

Hope for aging brains, skeletal muscle
“Harvard stem cell researchers say protein can make those body parts function in old mice much as they did when younger”
B.D. Colen, Staff Writer, Harvard Gazette — May 4, 2014

Young Blood Renews Old Mice
Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Now — May 4, 2014

Younger Muscles And Minds: Protein Turns Clock Back In Mice
Carey Goldberg, WBUR Common Health — May 4, 2014

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March 2014: 3

Chips that Listen to Bacteria
School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University — February 28, 2014

Emergency Alert in the Cell
“Max Planck Scientists identify new mechanisms in the cellular stress response”
Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry — February 28, 2014

It slices, it dices, and it protects the body from harm
Princeton Journal Watch, Princeton University — February 28, 2014

Negative plus
“Researchers strengthen continuous protein evolution system”
Peter Reuell, Harvard University News Office — February 25, 2014

Optical nanotweezers for control of nano-objects
“Trapping and moving an individual nano-object in 3D”
The Institute of Photonic Sciences — March 3, 2014

Tumor Growth Checked
“New therapy releases brakes on immune response in metastatic melanoma”
Robert Levy, Harvard Medicine news — March 4, 2014

Understanding PP1, the ubiquitous enzyme
David Orenstein, Media Contact, Brown University — March 3, 2014

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February 2014: 3

Hitchhiking vaccines boost immunity
“New MIT vaccines that catch a ride to immune cell depots could help fight cancer and HIV”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — February 16, 2014

Molecular aberration signals cancer
Investigating the role of noncoding RNA
Simon Fraser University news — February 19, 2014

New Trial Advances Cell-Based Immune Therapy for Certain Leukemias
Julie Grisham, Memorial Sloan Kettering research news — February 20, 2014

New sitting risk: disability after 60
Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60″
Maria Paul, Northwestern University news — February 19, 2014

Two proteins compete for one docking station on a growth factor; one promotes metastasis, the other blocks it
“Rivals’ relative expression levels in cancer cells could be biomarkers for prognosis, treatment”
MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, News Room — January 23, 2014

Ultrasound training should be implemented early into medical education programmes
World Heart Federation press releases — January 24, 2014

Why Vitamins May Be Bad for Your Workout
Gretchen Reynolds, Well blog, New York Times — February 12, 2014

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January 2014: 4

Autophagy predicts which cancer cells live and die when faced with anti-cancer drugs
University of Colorado Cancer Center Blogs: In the Lab, Latest News, Garth Sundem — January 10, 2014

How fiber prevents diabetes and obesity
Gilles Mithieux, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) Paris — January 9, 2014

NREL Finds a New Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by a Fast-eating Enzyme
“CelA digests cellulose faster than enzymes from commercial preparations”
U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Newsroom —  January 2, 2014

Physical reason for chromosome shape discovered
Joan-Ramon Daban, Universitat Automona de Barcelona — January 15, 2014

Survival protein a potential new target for many cancers
Liz Williams, Media and Publications Manager, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research — January 8, 2014

Microbe reproduction

Intimate yeast: Mating and meiosis
David Orenstein, Brown University News — January 5, 2014

Sex matters for microbes
University of Bristol Press release — January 3, 2014

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January 2014: 3


Designer “Swiss-Army-Knife” Molecule Captures RNA from Single Cells in their Natural Tissue Environment
“Findings allow for better understanding of how tissue microenvironment affects gene expression in healthy and diseased cells”
Perelman School of Medicine News, University of Pennsylvania — January 13, 2014

Molecular Engines Star in New Model of DNA Repair
“Study reveals major role of RNA polymerase and other enzymes in DNA repair”
NYU Langone Medical Center News — January 8, 2014

Penn Biologists Establish New Method for Studying RNA’s Regulatory ‘Footprint’
Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania News — January 7, 2014

Little but lethal: Small RNAs coordinate bacterial attack on epithelial cells
Jim Sliva, American Society for Microbiology news — January 14, 2014

Respiration and lungs

Dietary fibres protect against asthma
Swiss National Science Foundation Newsroom — January 6, 2014

New Research May Boost Drug Efficacy in Treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Science Daily — January 7, 2014

Odor receptors discovered in lungs
“They’re just like those in your nose, but instead of conjuring up a cup of coffee, they might make you cough”
Diana Lutz, Washington University at St. Louis News — January 2, 2014

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December 2013: 3

Bad proteins branch out
Mike Williams, Rice News — November 26, 2013

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery
Phil Sneiderman, Johns Hopkins University News — November 11, 2013

Pills of the future: nanoparticles
“Researchers design drug-carrying nanoparticles that can be taken orally”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — November 27, 2013

Surviving Ovarian Cancer: Rutgers Scientists Attack Drug Resistant Cancer Cells
“New drug delivery system successfully treats deadly advanced-stage ovarian cancer in mice”
Robin Lally Rutgers University Research News — December 6, 2013

UI researcher studies evolution on the molecular level
“Findings may be useful in design of future drugs and catalysts”
Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa Research News — December 13, 2013


Making Choices
“How microbes choose lifestyles gives clue to origin of multicellular life”
Jake Miller, Harvard Medicine News — December 10, 2013

Strength in Diversity
“Bacteria show surprising number of genetic paths to survival within each patient”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medicine News — December 12, 2013

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