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Pandas Could One Day Help Fight Superbugs
2012-12-31 05:48:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The immune system of the giant panda could help scientists develop new treatment for drug-resistant superbugs and other types of diseases, researchers have discovered. Lead researcher Dr. Xiuwen Yan of the Nanjing Agricultural University's Life Sciences College and colleagues discovered that the immune cells of the endangered creatures produce an antimicrobial peptide, cathelicidin-AM, that is effective in wiping out bacteria....

2011-10-06 11:09:07

Peptide promotes healing of blood vessels Atherosclerosis is a major contributor to worldwide mortality and is characterized by narrowing of the arteries due to a thickening of the vessel wall. This restricts blood supply to the tissues and can lead to heart attack or stroke. In many cases, implantation of a stent can successfully be used for revascularization of the obstructed or stenosed arteries to improve blood flow. However, when a regrowth of cells occurs in the inner vessel wall...

2010-03-03 09:09:58

Understanding amyloid-beta's normal function could lead to preventive, therapeutic strategies Amyloid-beta protein "“ the primary constituent of the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients "“ may be part of the body's first-line system to defend against infection. In their report in the March 3 issue of the open-access journal PLoS One, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers describe their evidence that amyloid-beta protein (A-beta) is...

2009-08-18 21:42:29

 A new study has concluded that one key part of the immune system, the ability of vitamin D to regulate anti-bactericidal proteins, is so important that is has been conserved through almost 60 million years of evolution and is shared only by primates, including humans "“ but no other known animal species.The fact that this vitamin-D mediated immune response has been retained through millions of years of evolutionary selection, and is still found in species ranging from squirrel...

2008-06-17 09:00:08

By Clement, Cecilia G Evans, Scott E; Evans, Christopher M; Hawke, David; Kobayashi, Ryuji; Reynolds, Paul R; Moghaddam, Seyed J; Scott, Brenton L; Melicoff, Ernestina; Adachi, Roberto; Dickey, Burton F; Tuvim, Michael J Rationale: The lungs are a common site of serious infection in both healthy and immunocompromised subjects, and the most likely route of delivery of a bioterror agent. Since the airway epithelium shows great structural plasticity in response to inflammatory stimuli, we...

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