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Method Invented To Reproduce Marine Substances Of Pharmacological Interest
2013-09-04 12:18:51

Institute for Research in Biomedicine / IRB Barcelona Chemists from the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB) and from the R+D department of PharmaMar have devised a new synthesis method with pipecolidepsin A, a compound that is active against eleven types of cancers and property of PharmaMar. This advance opens the door to copying and improving 38 natural molecules derived from marine sponges that are very promising for the treatment of various diseases. In 2008 the Spanish...

Researchers Discover Mechanism That Regulates Steroid Hormone Production In Drosophila
2013-03-07 16:06:22

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) Looking at the transformation of a fly larva into a pupa may help researchers to understand the molecular mechanisms that trigger puberty. A study conducted on the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) led by ICREA research professor Marco Milán, identifies an miRNA as key to the relationship between hormones that control growth and sexual maturity....

2013-02-25 13:44:35

ICREA professor Raul Mendez publishes a study in Nature describing how the CPBE1 protein 'takes the brakes off' the production of proteins associated with the cell switch from being healthy to tumorous Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled cell division and growth. In order to identify new therapeutic targets through which to tackle the disease, scientists seek to clarify the mechanisms that control the expression of genes that favor the development of tumors, in processes such as...

Key Process Discovered That Allows Colon Cancer To Metastasize
2012-11-13 10:57:33

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) The study, published in the prestigious journal Cancer Cell, reveals that tumor cells of the colon must form alliances with healthy cells in order to colonize other organs during metastasis A team of 17 researchers, led by scientists Eduard Batlle and Elena Sancho in the Colorectal Cancer Laboratory at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), have determined that the ability of colon cancer to metastasize lies in...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'