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2014-05-14 08:32:08

- Expands pipeline and broadens platform with next-generation melanocortin peptides - ANAHEIM, Calif., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOR) today announced that it has entered into a development collaboration agreement with an undisclosed privately held European company to develop novel melanocortin peptides. The collaboration includes an option to acquire the technology during clinical development. Along with the June 2013 acquisition of Synacthen(®),...

2014-04-30 12:31:18

Structures of human P2Y12 receptor key to next generation of antithrombotic drugs SHANGHAI, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An international team led by scientists at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIMM) has found the detailed structure of a receptor that plays a key role in platelet activation and blood clotting. The work has implications for treatment of cardiovascular and other diseases. In a pair of papers published by the journal Nature on...

Alzheimer's Disease
2014-04-07 08:44:44

University of Bonn A team of researchers working with Prof. Dr. Christa E. Muller from the University of Bonn demonstrates a positive effect on tau deposits As part of a German-French research project, a team led by Dr. Christa E. Müller from the University of Bonn and Dr. David Blum from the University of Lille was able to demonstrate for the first time that caffeine has a positive effect on tau deposits in Alzheimer's disease. The two-years project was supported with 30,000 Euro from...

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2014-03-30 03:00:54

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land. An insect’s sense of smell is vital to its survival. Only if it can trace even tiny amounts of odor molecules is it is able to find food sources, communicate with conspecifics, or avoid enemies. According to scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, many proteins involved in the highly sensitive odor perception of insects emerged...

Detailed Picture Of Protein Linked To Learning, Pain And Brain Disorders Created By Scientists
2014-03-07 11:26:29

Scripps Research Institute Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Vanderbilt University have created the most detailed 3-D picture yet of a membrane protein that is linked to learning, memory, anxiety, pain and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and autism. "This receptor family is an exciting new target for future medicines for treatment of brain disorders," said P. Jeffrey Conn, PhD, Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology and director...

2014-02-27 23:34:46

Cancer prevention awareness and one’s cannabinoid system are the focus of this month’s health update from Publius and The Cannabis Papers: A citizen’s guide to cannabinoids (2011). February's highlighted message on the Bryan William Brickner Blog involves inflammation, the novel cannabinoid receptor GPR55, and their connection to apoptosis, programmed cancer cell death. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 “Turning cancer cells off (apoptosis) involves the cannabinoid...

Brain Mechanism Discovered Linking Food Smell And How Much We Eat
2014-02-11 15:40:39

[ Watch the Video: Does Your Nose Make You Eat More? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists, publishing a paper in the journal Nature Neuroscience, say that the type 1 cannabinoid receptor in the olfactory bulb in the brain could be causing you to eat more at the smell of food. The team set out to discover why smelling food causes an increase in food intake when in a state of hunger or fasting. The team said they found that smelling food is linked to the...

2014-02-10 11:15:53

Optogenetics is a technique that allows scientists to control neurons' electrical activity with light by engineering them to express light-sensitive proteins. Within the past decade, it has become a very powerful tool for discovering the functions of different types of cells in the brain. Most of these light-sensitive proteins, known as opsins, respond to light in the blue-green range. Now, a team led by MIT has discovered an opsin that is sensitive to red light, which allows researchers...

2014-01-17 11:22:44

Schistosoma mansoni and its close relatives are parasitic flatworms that affect millions worldwide and kill an estimated 250,000 people a year. A study published on January 16 in PLOS Pathogens identifies a new part of the molecular pathway that controls parasite movement. And because coordinated movement is essential for the schistosome life cycle in its human host, this protein is a promising new drug target. "We know that many anti-parasitic drugs act on the worm's nervous system", says...

Xray Maps GPCR
2013-12-20 12:57:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have used one of the brightest X-ray sources in the world to map the three-dimensional structure of an important cellular gatekeeper known as a G protein-coupled receptor, or GPCR, in a more natural state than has been previously possible. The new technique, described Friday in the journal Science, is a major leap forward in exploring GPCRs, a vast, hard-to-study family of proteins that plays a key role in human health...


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