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2013-10-14 11:18:08

Researchers identify key proteins that help establish cell function Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new way to parse and understand how special proteins called "master regulators" read the genome, and consequently turn genes on and off. Writing in the October 13, 2013 Advance Online Publication of Nature, the scientists say their approach could make it quicker and easier to identify specific gene mutations associated with...

Sun And Sewage Harnessed To Produce Hydrogen Fuel Using New Device
2013-10-11 12:03:49

University of California, Santa Cruz A novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment. A research team led by Yat Li, associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, developed the solar-microbial device and reported their results in a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano. The hybrid device combines a...

Urine Biomarkers Show Mitochondrial Dysfunction In Diabetic Kidney Disease
2013-10-11 11:00:20

University of California, San Diego Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified 13 metabolites – small molecules produced by cellular metabolism – that are significantly different in patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease compared to healthy controls. Twelve of the 13 metabolites are linked to mitochondrial function, suggesting that suppression of mitochondria – the powerhouses of cells – is a fundamental characteristic of...

2013-10-10 10:31:52

From Lesch-Nyhan syndrome to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases A research team, headed by Theodore Friedmann, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, says a gene mutation that causes a rare but devastating neurological disorder known as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome appears to offer clues to the developmental and neuronal defects found in other, diverse neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases....

2013-10-10 08:25:10

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The UCLA Health System and the Motion Picture and Television Fund have signed a letter of intent that would bring MPTF's six outpatient health centers under the UCLA umbrella. This partnership between two of Los Angeles' iconic institutions will mean that entertainment industry members and their families can continue to get health care at MPTF facilities, with the added advantage of being able to access UCLA's world-renowned...

New Compounds Could Have Major Impact In Struggle Against Evolving Drug Resistance
2013-10-07 16:03:42

University of California - San Diego By tinkering with their chemical structures, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have essentially re-invented a class of popular antimicrobial drugs, restoring and in some cases, expanding or improving, their effectiveness against drug-resistant pathogens in animal models. Writing in the October 7 Early Edition of PNAS, Lars Eckmann, MD, professor of medicine, and colleagues describe creating more than 650 new...

2013-10-04 13:10:28

UC Riverside-led team describes the strategy by which Botrytis cinerea blocks the defense system of its host plants A research team led by a molecular plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside has discovered the mechanism by which an aggressive fungal pathogen infects almost all fruits and vegetables. The team discovered a novel "virulence mechanism" — the mechanism by which infection takes place — of Botrytis cinerea. This pathogen can infect more than 200 plant...

2013-10-02 16:25:18

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of California Board of Regents, on behalf of UC Irvine Health, and the Board of Directors of MemorialCare Health System in Southern California, announced they are entering into an affiliation agreement to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care throughout Orange County and create new, innovative models of care that improve the health and well-being of their communities. UC Irvine Health...

2013-09-27 10:17:00

Findings may open up new treatment options by extending therapies effective in one cancer type to others with a similar genomic profile Cancer encompasses a complex group of diseases traditionally defined by where in the body it originates, as in lung cancer or colon cancer. This framework for studying and treating cancer has made sense for generations, but molecular analysis now shows that cancers of different organs have many shared features, while cancers from the same organ or tissue...

2013-09-25 08:38:32

Series to focus on solutions for different Unified Communications environments MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 911 Enable, the experts in E911 solutions for UC and IP telephony, today announced its 2013 Fall Webinar Series will take place from October 23 through November 13, 2013. The theme of this new series is E911 For Your UC Environment, focusing on the unique E911 challenges for the most common UC deployments. The series of four 60-minute webinars, including a Q&A session,...