Latest Myosin Stories

2009-03-05 08:03:02

Researchers at the University of Leeds have made a significant step forward in understanding the causes of some forms of deafness.The Leeds team has discovered that the myosin 7 motor protein - found in the tiny hairs of the inner ear that pick up sound - moves and works in a different way from many other myosins.Dr Michelle Peckham from the University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences says: "We're really excited by this discovery as it could lead to new insights into certain forms of...

2008-12-09 10:19:28

Researchers from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a key step required for cell division in a study that could help improve therapies to treat cancer. Their work describing the mechanism of the contractile ring "“ a structure that pinches the mother cell into two daughter cells "“ has been published in the December 5 issue of the journal Science. The division of one cell into two is accomplished...

2008-09-17 09:01:00

Cytokinetics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: CYTK) announced today that a Late Breaking oral presentation and a poster presentation, each relating to one of two clinical trials for CK-1827452, are scheduled to be presented at the 2008 Annual Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Conference, which is being held September 21-24, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. These trials, which are being conducted in stable heart failure patients, are evaluating CK-1827452,...

2008-07-01 12:00:15

U.S. medical scientists say they've made a discovery that might lead to a new therapeutic target for acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. In ARDS, the lungs become swollen with water and protein, and breathing becomes impossible, leading to death in 30 percent to 40 percent of cases. There is no effective treatment. University of Illinois-Chicago researchers said it has previously been shown an enzyme called non-muscle myosin light-chain kinase, or MYLK, plays a pivotal role in...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.