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2012-07-17 15:15:44

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a technique to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, that could lead to new approaches to treating cancer. Apoptosis is an essential defense mechanism against the spread of abnormal cells such as cancer. It is a complex process that occurs through networks of proteins that interact with each other. Cancer cells usually avoid this process due to mutations in the genes that encode...

2012-07-17 06:27:26

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Transposagen announced that XTN(TM) site-specific nucleases targeting each gene in the human genome are now available. Utilizing the FLASH(TM) high-throughput system (FLASH assembly of TALENs for high-throughput genome editing. Nature Biotechnology 30, 460-465 (2012)), Transposagen can produce a site-specific nuclease targeting nearly any gene in any genome with the fastest delivery time in the industry. The XTN(TM) site-specific nucleases, also...

2012-07-14 23:03:28

Topics include how to eat well on a budget and get the right balance of protein, fats and carbohydrate Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 13, 2012 MonaVie RVL spokesperson and CNN contributor Mark Macdonald recently appeared on CNN to continue educating viewers on how to achieve optimal health through proper diet, nutrition and supplementation. In his most recent segments with CNN, Macdonald discussed the important role that antioxidants play within the body as well as how protein affects the...

2012-07-12 23:01:59

National Science Foundation Awards Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Grant for Engineering Cellulase Enzymes. Pasadena, California (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 The National Science Foundation awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to Protabit, LLC, a Pasadena-based spin-out from the California Institute of Technology. The grant will be used to engineer cellulase enzymes that are used in the production of biofuels from non-edible corn stover biomass. Protabit is...

Clearer Way To Treat Huntington's Disease Offered By 2 Proteins
2012-07-11 20:58:47

Pair helps remove and prevent misfolding of proteins that cause neurodegeneration In a paper published in the July 11 online issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified two key regulatory proteins critical to clearing away misfolded proteins that accumulate and cause the progressive, deadly neurodegeneration of Huntington's disease (HD). The findings explain a fundamental aspect of how HD wreaks havoc...

2012-07-11 14:36:43

Tracked step for step ATP splitting in membrane protein dynamically measured for the first time RUB researchers report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry How a transport protein obtains its driving force from the energy storage molecule ATP, has been tracked dynamically by RUB researchers. Using time-resolved infrared spectroscopy, they measured the structural changes in the bacterial membrane protein MsbA and its interaction partner ATP. The researchers led by Prof. Dr. Eckhard...

2012-07-11 02:25:41

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE - News) today announced that it will accelerate development of its Ion Torrent Semiconductor technology for a broad set of proteomic and antibody-based applications after passing internal Life Technologies R&D milestones. Proteomic and antibody-based technologies are used prevalently across multiple addressable markets in research, applied sciences and clinical diagnostics. Research and development...

Small Molecule Might Play Big Role In Alzheimer's Disease
2012-07-10 10:58:00

Simulations by UC Santa Barbara researchers improve understanding of plaque formation and suggest new diagnostic and treatment options Alzheimer's disease is one of the most dreaded and debilitating illnesses one can develop. Currently, the disease afflicts 6.5 million Americans and the Alzheimer's Association projects it to increase to between 11 and 16 million, or 1 in 85 people, by 2050. Cell death in the brain causes one to grow forgetful, confused and, eventually, catatonic....

2012-07-10 10:27:29

Diels and Alder won the Nobel; now UCLA's Kendall Houk makes the movie In 1928, chemists Otto Diels and Kurt Alder first documented diene synthesis, a chemical reaction important for synthesizing many polymers, alkaloids and steroids. Their work on this mechanism, which came to be known as the Diels—Alder reaction, won them the 1950 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Since then, the iconic reaction has become the most commonly used and studied mechanism in organic chemistry. But what...

How Bacteria Sense Salt Stress Discovered
2012-07-09 12:09:57

The scientists' finding is a major breakthrough in understanding decades-old problem of how bacteria detect environmental changes A team of scientists led by Assistant Professor Ganesh S Anand and Professor Linda J. Kenney from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) and the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) has discovered how bacteria respond to salts in their environment and the ways in which salts can alter the behaviour of specialised salt sensor...