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UMass Amherst cell biologists propose new detailed cytokinesis model

UMass Amherst cell biologists propose new detailed cytokinesis model

Along with copying and splitting DNA during division, cells must have a way to break safely into two viable daughter cells, a process called cytokinesis. But the molecular basis of how plant cells accomplish this without mistakes has been unclear for many years. [More]
Tissue-level model of human airway musculature could pave way for patient-specific asthma treatments

Tissue-level model of human airway musculature could pave way for patient-specific asthma treatments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years ago. New drugs are urgently needed to treat this chronic respiratory disease, which causes nearly 25 million people in the United States alone to wheeze, cough, and find it difficult at best to take a deep breath. [More]
Immature blood vessels linked to poor sunitinib response

Immature blood vessels linked to poor sunitinib response

Patients with clear-cell renal cell carcinoma with relatively mature blood vessels respond better to sunitinib and have fewer metastatic sites than those with immature vessels, a study has found. [More]
Researchers find roving detection system for treating cancer, Parkinson's disease and ALS

Researchers find roving detection system for treating cancer, Parkinson's disease and ALS

Duke University researchers have found a "roving detection system" on the surface of cells that may point to new ways of treating diseases like cancer, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). [More]
Scientists identify long-overlooked function of vascular smooth muscle cells in atherosclerosis

Scientists identify long-overlooked function of vascular smooth muscle cells in atherosclerosis

Scientists at the Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB) have collaborated with colleagues from the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Dermatology of the University of Tübingen to identify a long-overlooked function of vascular smooth muscle cells in atherosclerosis. [More]
Scientists show for the first time how structures inside cells are regulated

Scientists show for the first time how structures inside cells are regulated

New research from scientists at the University of Kent has shown for the first time how the structures inside cells are regulated - a breakthrough that could have a major impact on cancer therapy development. [More]
Sciatic nerve injury can cause differential expression of microRNAs in dorsal root ganglia

Sciatic nerve injury can cause differential expression of microRNAs in dorsal root ganglia

Slit-Robo GTPase-activating protein 3 contains a Rho GAP domain that regulates the activities of Rho family GTPases and affects actin polymerization, which influences dendrite elaboration, neurite outgrowth and axon guidance, contributing to neural regeneration. [More]
New approach for developing personalized gene therapies to treat retinitis pigmentosa

New approach for developing personalized gene therapies to treat retinitis pigmentosa

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have created a way to develop personalized gene therapies for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a leading cause of vision loss. [More]
Researchers discover signaling pathway in cancer cells that invades nearby tissues

Researchers discover signaling pathway in cancer cells that invades nearby tissues

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a signaling pathway in cancer cells that controls their ability to invade nearby tissues in a finely orchestrated manner. [More]
New fluorescent molecule paves way for easier and higher quality imaging of cells

New fluorescent molecule paves way for easier and higher quality imaging of cells

Like our own bodies, cells have their own skeletons called 'cytoskeletons' and are made of proteins instead of bones. [More]
GSA announce winners of GSA Poster Awards at 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference

GSA announce winners of GSA Poster Awards at 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and the Drosophila research community are pleased to announce the winners of GSA Poster Awards at the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, which took place in San Diego, March 26-30, 2014. [More]
Researcher to recieve 2014 EMBO Gold Medal at FEBS-EMBO Meeting

Researcher to recieve 2014 EMBO Gold Medal at FEBS-EMBO Meeting

EMBO today announced Sophie Martin of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, as the winner of the 2014 EMBO Gold Medal. The award acknowledges her work to understand the molecular events that define the organization and development of the cell. [More]
Study proposes new model for understanding how proteins bind together to facilitate cell movement

Study proposes new model for understanding how proteins bind together to facilitate cell movement

Cell movement plays an important role in a host of biological functions from embryonic development to repairing wounded tissue. It also enables cancer cells to break free from their sites of origin and migrate throughout the body. [More]

Study uncovers one way that p53 acts to prevent cancer cell invasion

The tumor suppressor p53 does all it can to prevent oncogenes from transforming normal cells into tumor cells by killing defective cells or causing them to become inactive. [More]
Proteomics identifies possible RCC biomarkers

Proteomics identifies possible RCC biomarkers

Proteomic analysis has identified significant differences between the proteins expressed in renal cell carcinoma samples and in healthy renal tissue, UK researchers report. [More]
University of Chicago/ MBL announce first two recipients of Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards

University of Chicago/ MBL announce first two recipients of Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards

​The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) today announced the first two recipients of the Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards. [More]

Researchers discover key role of actin in shutting down endocytosis during mitosis

Researchers from Warwick Medical School have discovered the key role of a protein in shutting down endocytosis during mitosis, answering a question that has evaded scientists for half a century. [More]
Extracts from birch tree helps damaged skin around wounds to regenerate more quickly

Extracts from birch tree helps damaged skin around wounds to regenerate more quickly

Extracts from the birch tree have served for centuries as a traditional means of helping the damaged skin around wounds to regenerate more quickly. Prof. Dr. Irmgard Merfort from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Freiburg and her team have now explained the molecular mechanism behind the wound-healing effect of an extract from the outer white layer of the tree's bark. [More]
Researchers discover key step to stem bleeding, reduce obstruction in blood flow during clot formation

Researchers discover key step to stem bleeding, reduce obstruction in blood flow during clot formation

Red blood cells are the body's true shape shifters, perhaps the most malleable of all cell types, transforming - among many other forms -- into compressed discs capable of going through capillaries with diameters smaller than the blood cell itself. [More]
Researcher reveals how temperature impacts development of embryos

Researcher reveals how temperature impacts development of embryos

In nature, animals face a broad range of temperatures, and at times the heat can become taxing. When it becomes too hot to survive, some animals can simply migrate to more favorable climates, but what if you are a mere embryo confined within an egg and cannot escape the heat? [More]