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2012-04-19 21:02:30

Researchers may have found a way to protect us against otherwise deadly chemical attacks, such as the subway sarin incident in Tokyo that left thirteen people dead and thousands more injured or with temporary vision problems. The method is based on a new and improved version of a detoxifying enzyme produced naturally by our livers, according to the report in the April 2012 issue of Chemistry & Biology, a Cell Press publication. "The sarin attack in Tokyo in 1995 demonstrated that both...

2012-02-29 12:46:12

Slowing or preventing the development of Alzheimer´s disease, a fatal brain condition expected to hit one in 85 people globally by 2050, may be as simple as ensuring a brain protein´s sugar levels are maintained. That´s the conclusion seven researchers, including David Vocadlo, a Simon Fraser University chemistry professor and Canada Research Chair in Chemical Glycobiology, make in the latest issue of Nature Chemical Biology. The journal has published the...

2012-02-08 14:33:52

Some unusual alliances are necessary for you to wiggle your fingers, researchers report. Understanding those relationships should enable better treatment of neuromuscular diseases, such as myasthenia gravis, which prevent muscles from taking orders from your brain, said Dr. Lin Mei, Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Georgia Health Sciences University. During development, neurons in the spinal cord reach out to muscle fibers to form a direct line of...

2012-01-10 21:35:36

Control of a “blind” neuroreceptor with an optical switch When nerve cells communicate with one another, specialized receptor molecules on their surfaces play a central role in relaying signals between them. A collaborative venture involving teams of chemists based at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and the University of California in Berkeley has now succeeded in converting an intrinsically “blind” receptor molecule into a...

2011-12-14 11:50:42

Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that a chemical compound in the brain can weaken the synaptic connections between neurons in a region of the brain important for the formation of long-term memories Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that a chemical compound in the brain can weaken the synaptic connections between neurons in a region of the brain important for the formation of long-term memories. The findings, published today [13 Dec] in the...

2011-11-10 00:30:00

CARMIEL, Israel, Nov 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Protalix BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE-AMEX: PLX, TASE: PLX) announced today that a paper entitled: "Adaptive alternative splicing correlates with less environmental risk of Parkinsonism," has been published online in the Journal of Neurodegenerative Diseases. The research includes an investigation of the effect of Protalix's PRX-105 on alternative splicing patterns in the striatum, which may confer protection in Parkinson's disease. PRX-105 is...

Research Targets Brain Region Affected By Parkinson's
2011-11-09 10:21:29

[ Watch the Video ] Eliminating specific neurotransmitter may improve motor function A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario has demonstrated that elimination of one of the neurotransmitters in the part of the brain associated with Parkinson's disease may improve brain function without major adverse effects. The research has been published in the November edition of the prestigious journal PLoS Biology. Marco Prado, Vania Prado and a team of researchers at the...

2011-11-09 10:08:34

A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario has demonstrated that elimination of one of the neurotransmitters in the part of the brain associated with Parkinson's disease may improve brain function without major adverse effects. The research is published November 8 in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. Marco Prado, Vania Prado and a team of researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry's Robarts Research Institute used unique genetically modified...

2011-10-26 00:30:37

But no higher risk of death or nursing home entry with choline drug conflict You wouldn´t break your car while stepping on the gas–or wash down a sleeping pill with espresso. Yet many people taking common Alzheimer´s disease medications–cholinesterase inhibitors–are given medications with anticholinergic properties, which oppose their effects. Group Health Research Institute scientists investigated how often that happens and reported on the consequences in an...

2011-10-20 07:00:00

BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Additional data will be presented on the mechanistic characterization of adverse events reported with the azole antifungal, voriconazole, and the ketolide antibiotic, telithromycin, at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The data will be presented during a poster abstract session at 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. EDT on October 21 in Poster Hall B1. Bertrand et al. had previously shown that inhibition of neuronal...