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2014-01-27 15:13:00

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have identified how a mutated protein can lead to holes in a protein sitting in a cell's membrane. Such holes cause high blood pressure, and the discovery can now lead to new and better medication for high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be caused by many things - one of them being a specific mutated protein. Now the researchers at University of Southern Denmark have found out exactly what unfortunate events in the human organism...

2013-10-07 09:19:20

It's not visible to the naked eye and you can't feel it, but up to 40 per cent of your body's energy goes into supplying the microscopic sodium-potassium pump with the energy it needs. The pump is constantly doing its job in every cell of all animals and humans. It works much like a small battery which, among other things, maintains the sodium balance which is crucial to keep muscles and nerves working. The sodium-potassium pump transports sodium out and potassium into the cell in a fixed...

Hearing Mechanism Compared To Car Battery
2013-01-08 03:42:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online One of the mechanisms involved in human hearing is similar to the operation of a car battery, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Iowa (UI). The scientists conducted their study using fruit flies, whose hearing mechanisms resemble that of humans. Specifically, the flies´ auditory system contains a protein that functions as a sodium/potassium pump, and is highly expressed in a specialized support...

Evolution Follows A Predictable Genetic Pattern Researchers Find
2012-10-26 10:20:03

Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by a simple and repeated genetic solution to an environmental pressure that a broad range of species happen to share, according to new research. Princeton University research published in the journal Science suggests that knowledge of a species' genes – and how certain external conditions affect the proteins encoded by those genes – could be used to determine a predictable evolutionary pattern...

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2007-01-30 08:10:00

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered new details about how bacteria generate energy to live. In two recently published papers, the scientists add key specifics to the molecular mechanism behind the pathogen that causes cholera. The work could provide a better understanding of this pathogen, while also offering insight into how cells transform energy from the environment into the forms required to sustain life. The findings may lead to a better understanding of how...

2004-11-27 03:00:11

ABSTRACT Potassium (K+) requirements have been largely overlooked because severe deficiencies are uncommon due to the ubiquity of this element in foods. However, a transition toward modern ("Westernized") diets has led to a substantial decline of K+ intake compared with traditional food habits, and a large fraction of the population might now have suboptimal K+ intake. A high K+ intake was demonstrated to have protective effects against several pathologic states affecting the cardiovascular...