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2012-10-01 16:29:51

Vibration-induced white finger disease (VWF) is caused by continued use of vibrating hand held machinery (high frequency vibration >50 Hz), and affects tens of thousands of people. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Clinical Epigenetics finds that people with a genetic polymorphism (A2191G) in sirtuin1 (SIRT1), a protein involved in the regulation of endothelial NOS (eNOS), are more likely to suffer from vibration-induced white finger disease. VWF (also known...

2012-09-17 23:02:00

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that a protein called SIRT1 responds to excess fat calories in pregnancy by rewriting the histone code leading to infants with fatty-livers and eventual obesity If you are overweight and pregnant, your baby isn't destined to a life of obesity after all, according to a new research report published online in The FASEB Journal. In the report, a team of U.S. scientists show that modifying fat intake during pregnancy to a moderate level is enough to...

Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease
2012-09-06 09:24:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Getting the right amount of sleep is more important than ever, as sleep is thought to have important health effects for individuals. In particular, a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis involving laboratory mice found that sleep disruption could be an early sign of Alzheimer´s disease. In the project, the scientists worked with a mouse model and discovered that the first indicators...

2012-09-03 11:23:39

DEAD-box proteins function as recycling nanopistons when unwinding RNA Molecular biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have solved one of the mysteries of how double-stranded RNA is remodeled inside cells in both their normal and disease states. The discovery may have implications for treating cancer and viruses in humans. The research, which was published this week in Nature, found that DEAD-box proteins, which are ancient enzymes found in all forms of life, function as...

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2012-08-27 21:11:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Boosting the activity of a particular enzyme can help block tumors from growing, according to research published in Nature Chemical Biology. Cancer cells use up most of their energy by reproducing themselves, but in order to do this they must produce new cellular building blocks like DNA, carbohydrates and lipids. Biologists found that jacking up the activity of the enzyme pyruvate kinase can disrupt the production of tumors...

2012-08-23 23:50:10

Enzymes involved in breaking down fat can now be manipulated to work three times harder by turning on a molecular switch recently observed by chemists at the University of Copenhagen. Being able to control this chemical on/off button could have massive implications for curing diseases related to obesity including diabetes, cardio vascular disease, stroke and even skin problems like acne. But the implications may be wider. Possibly the most important discovery in enzymology The results...

Nonalcoholic Berry Wine Could Be Good For Diabetics
2012-08-21 10:31:02

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online “You are what you eat.” This quote has long highlighted the intersection between food and health for the body. Interestingly enough, a team of investigators from the University of Illinois (U of I) recently discovered compounds in Illinois blueberry and blackberry wines that stop enzymes that target carbohydrate absorption and assimilation. They believe that the tasty drink from berry wine could be a possible drug for...

Double Whammy From Brain Enzyme For Alzheimer's Disease
2012-08-20 08:22:40

Sanford-Burnham researchers discover that an enzyme known for generating toxic brain plaques in Alzheimer's disease also causes additional memory and cognitive deficits via a separate mechanism The underlying causes of Alzheimer's disease are not fully understood, but a good deal of evidence points to the accumulation of β-amyloid, a protein that's toxic to nerve cells. β-amyloid is formed by the activity of several enzymes, including one called BACE1. Most Alzheimer's disease...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.