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2009-08-12 10:42:11

U.S. medical scientists say they have identified an enzyme that might lead to a new and powerful therapy for most allergen-caused asthma attacks. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said the enzyme (aldose reductase) is apparently critical to most allergen-provoked asthma attacks and that enzymatic activity can be significantly reduced by compounds that have already undergone clinical trials as treatments for complications of diabetes. The scientists said their...

2009-08-11 16:40:28

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers have found that a single enzyme is apparently critical to most allergen-provoked asthma attacks "” and that activity of the enzyme, known as aldose reductase, can be significantly reduced by compounds that have already undergone clinical trials as treatments for complications of diabetes.The discovery, made in experiments conducted with mice and in human cell cultures, opens the way to human tests of a powerful new treatment...

2009-04-02 09:26:46

U.S. bioengineers say excess amounts of a naturally fluorescent molecule -- NADA -- might serve as a natural biomarker for cancer. Pennsylvania State University researchers said NADA (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a coenzyme -- a non-protein molecule necessary for the functioning of an enzyme -- found mostly in the inner membrane of a cell's mitochondria. It fuels a series of biochemical reactions that involve various enzymes to produce ATP, the major energy source in cells. But...

2007-10-02 09:01:00

By De Muynck, Cassandra Pereira, Catarina S S; Naessens, Myriam; Parmentier, Sofie; Et al ABSTRACT The genus Gluconobacter comprises some of the most frequently used microorganisms when it comes to biotechnological applications. Not only has it been involved in "historical" production processes, such as vinegar production, but in the last decades many bioconversion routes for special and rare sugars involving Gluconobacter have been developed. Among the most recent are the...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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