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Latest Integral membrane proteins Stories

2011-12-12 22:14:23

A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (http://www.jgp.org) provides fresh insight into voltage-gated channels—transmembrane ion channels that play a critical role in the function of neuronal and muscle tissue.

2011-12-02 01:13:30

A diametric shift in the levels of two proteins involved in folding, moving and cutting other proteins enables accumulation of the destructive brain plaque found in Alzheimer's disease.

2011-11-24 11:40:32

Scientists studying longevity thought it might be good to lack a copy of a gene, called IGF1 receptor, that is important in insulin signaling.

2011-11-21 22:54:41

Sluggish recycling of a protein-slicing enzyme could promote Alzheimer's disease.

2011-11-14 22:39:50

Researchers from Hull, Bristol and Frankfurt have shown that a new technique for identifying molecular structure can be used effectively on small samples of biological proteins, particularly proteins that are targeted for drug development.

2011-11-10 15:40:04

The future of drug design lies in developing therapies that can target specific cellular processes without causing adverse reactions in other areas of the nervous system.

2011-10-27 22:07:46

In a development that sheds new light on the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a team of Whitehead Institute scientists has identified connections between genetic risk factors for the disease and the effects of a peptide toxic to nerve cells in the brains of AD patients.

2011-10-25 13:24:15

Researchers studying how fluids travel through nanoscale channels were surprised to discover that the fluids don't flow equally well in all directions.

Explanation For Glowing Seas Suggested
2011-10-19 13:30:54

It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes--a type of bioluminescence--that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates..

2011-10-11 13:57:40

Water channels exist not only in nature – microscopical water channels are also present in the cells of the body, where they ensure that water can be transported through the protective surface of the cell.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.