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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 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

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]
Study reveals that specific protein may assist breast cancer cells in metastasizing

Study reveals that specific protein may assist breast cancer cells in metastasizing

A new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers Min Chen and Kathleen O'Connor shows that a specific protein may assist breast cancer cells in metastasizing. [More]

‘Distinct’ bipolar pathways revealed

A genetic analysis reported in Nature suggests two mechanisms that could lead to bipolar disorder. [More]

Discovery sheds light on how forces outside of cells get translated into internal signals

Johns Hopkins researchers used suction to learn that individual "molecular muscles" within cells respond to different types of force, a finding that may explain how cells "feel" the environment and appropriately adapt their shapes and activities. [More]
Team Ritter to raise funds for John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health at ING NYC Marathon

Team Ritter to raise funds for John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health at ING NYC Marathon

Friends and family members of people with thoracic aortic disease and fans of the late legendary comedic actor John Ritter will come together as Team Ritter to raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, 2013. [More]
Bugs may provide substantial solutions to some of life's problems

Bugs may provide substantial solutions to some of life's problems

Bug spray, citronella candles, mosquito netting - most people will do anything they can to stay away from insects during the warmer months. But those creepy crawlers we try so hard to avoid may offer substantial solutions to some of life's problems. [More]
Discovery points to clear, workable method to disrupt unwanted memories

Discovery points to clear, workable method to disrupt unwanted memories

The human brain is exquisitely adept at linking seemingly random details into a cohesive memory that can trigger myriad associations-some good, some not so good. For recovering addicts and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, unwanted memories can be devastating. Former meth addicts, for instance, report intense drug cravings triggered by associations with cigarettes, money, even gum (used to relieve dry mouth), pushing them back into the addiction they so desperately want to leave. [More]
Not-So-Total Recall: Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories

Not-So-Total Recall: Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories

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Researchers define role of vinculin protein in enabling cell mobility

Researchers define role of vinculin protein in enabling cell mobility

Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institutes for Health have defined the role of the protein vinculin in enabling cell movement. [More]

Exo70 protein responsible for plasma membrane reshaping and cell movement

Both basic scientists and clinicians have an interest in how the cells of our body move. Cells must be mobile in order for organisms to grow, to heal, to transmit information internally, to mount immune responses and to conduct a host of other activities necessary for survival. [More]

Structural biologists capture elusive actin nucleation process

Structural biologists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have captured the first three-dimensional crystalline snapshot of a critical but fleeting process that takes place thousands of times per second in each human cell. [More]

Purified components of ginger help asthma patients breathe more easily

Gourmands and foodies everywhere have long recognized ginger as a great way to add a little peppery zing to both sweet and savory dishes; now, a study from researchers at Columbia University shows purified components of the spicy root also may have properties that help asthma patients breathe more easily. [More]
Researchers show how cells are driven mainly by water power

Researchers show how cells are driven mainly by water power

Water gives life. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden now show how the cells in our bodies are driven mainly by water power - a discovery that in the long run opens the way for a new strategy in cancer therapy. [More]