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2012-10-26 00:56:31

-Heart cells from patients with inherited heart muscle disease can now be studied in a petri dish without risk to patients, including the possibility of testing new treatments -Experiments performed on the cells show that the heart cell model matches that of the clinical features of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), an inherited heart muscle disease associated with sudden cardiac death -Landmark study published in European Heart Journal, a top ranking international...

2012-04-27 05:30:26

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Early detection and advances in the treatment for breast cancer have improved the chances of survival, however new avenues for treatment are still needed in the battle against this disease. New research suggests that the protein Perp, associated with desmosomes (the glue that sticks cells together) could suppress breast cancer. Desmosomes attach neighboring cells together and it is these tiny collections of proteins which are responsible for the mechanical strength of...

2012-04-20 10:16:58

Early detection and advances in the treatment for breast cancer have improved the chances of survival, however new avenues for treatment are still needed in the battle against this disease. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research demonstrates that the protein Perp, associated with desmosomes (the glue that sticks cells together), is involved in suppressing breast cancer and provides a potential new target for future treatment. Desmosomes attach...

2011-01-21 15:51:01

A University of Manchester scientist has revealed the mechanism that binds skin cells tightly together, which he believes will lead to new treatments for painful and debilitating skin diseases and also lethal heart defects. Professor David Garrod, in the Faculty of Life Sciences, has found that the glue molecules bind only to similar glue molecules on other cells, making a very tough, resilient structure. Further investigation on why the molecules bind so specifically could lead to the...

2010-10-22 17:05:50

In a study to be published online Oct. 21 in PLoS Genetics, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have implicated the lack of a protein important in hooking our skin cells together in the most common variety of skin cancer. Depletion of this protein, called Perp, could be an early indicator of skin cancer development, and could be useful for staging and establishing prognoses. These findings' significance may extend beyond skin cancer, as Perp is found in the linings of...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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