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Malaria parasite protein essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells

Malaria parasite protein essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells

A new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that a malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other illnesses including adult rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and the new findings suggest that parasite calcineurin should be a focus for the development of new antimalarial drugs. [More]
New study reveals key part of Ebola virus life cycle at higher resolution than ever before

New study reveals key part of Ebola virus life cycle at higher resolution than ever before

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) reveals a key part of the Ebola virus life cycle at a higher resolution than ever before. The research sheds light on how Ebola virus assembles—and how researchers might stop the often-fatal infection. [More]
Alabama scientists show how phytochemical in magnolia works against head and neck cancers

Alabama scientists show how phytochemical in magnolia works against head and neck cancers

Magnolias are prized for their large, colorful, fragrant flowers. Does the attractive, showy tree also harbor a potent cancer fighter? [More]
UAlberta partnership could transform cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes

UAlberta partnership could transform cancer treatment, improve patient outcomes

A multimillion dollar research partnership announced today at the University of Alberta is giving a "dream team" of researchers the opportunity to potentially transform cancer treatment and better patient outcomes. [More]
Biontech, Siemens enter into strategic collaboration on manufacture of personalized cancer vaccines

Biontech, Siemens enter into strategic collaboration on manufacture of personalized cancer vaccines

Siemens and BioNTech AG, a fully integrated biotechnology company developing truly personalized cancer immunotherapies, have entered into a strategic collaboration. [More]
Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center announces publication of immuno-oncology text book

Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center announces publication of immuno-oncology text book

The Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center is pleased to announce the publication of a specialized textbook titled "Immuno-Oncology, from Bench to Bedside" which provides scientific rationale for the use of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. [More]
Gene-encoded protein may be effective in early detection of pancreatic cancer

Gene-encoded protein may be effective in early detection of pancreatic cancer

A protein encoded by the gene glypican-1 (GPC1) present on cancer exosomes may be used as part of a potential non-invasive diagnostic and screening tool to detect early pancreatic cancer, potentially at a stage amenable to surgical treatment, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Novogen’s chemotherapy drug Anisina proves as effective anti-cancer agent in animals

Novogen’s chemotherapy drug Anisina proves as effective anti-cancer agent in animals

US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited announced today that its candidate cytotoxic chemotherapy drug, Anisina, has proved an effective anti-cancer agent in animals, the result of which it now has been fast-tracked by the Company to come into the clinic. [More]
Researchers develop new implantable drug-delivery system using nanowire

Researchers develop new implantable drug-delivery system using nanowire

A team of researchers has created a new implantable drug-delivery system using nanowires that can be wirelessly controlled. [More]
Groundbreaking UVA research may lead to creation of male contraceptive

Groundbreaking UVA research may lead to creation of male contraceptive

Groundbreaking new reproductive research from the School of Medicine has identified key molecular events that could be playing a critical role as sperm and egg fuse to create new life. The findings might one day lead to the creation of a male contraceptive. [More]
Discovery may accelerate development of new drugs to treat Huntington's disease

Discovery may accelerate development of new drugs to treat Huntington's disease

By identifying in spinal fluid how the characteristic mutant proteins of Huntington's disease spread from cell to cell, UC Irvine scientists and colleagues have created a new method to quickly and accurately track the presence and proliferation of these neuron-damaging compounds -- a discovery that may accelerate the development of new drugs to treat this incurable disease. [More]
PolyU develops novel big data analysis platform for analyzing interactions among cancer genes

PolyU develops novel big data analysis platform for analyzing interactions among cancer genes

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has achieved a breakthrough in the cancer genomics by developing a novel big data analysis platform for analyzing the interactions among genes. The analysis platform unveils the unregulated patterns of gene network in cancer and discovers potential diagnostic and therapeutic target genes, Nucleophosmin (NPM1) and its associated genes, in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). [More]
Discovery provides basis for new pertussis treatments

Discovery provides basis for new pertussis treatments

The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein structure differs from a previously postulated model. [More]
UMass Amherst reports how two molecular pathways get together to ensure normal bacterial growth

UMass Amherst reports how two molecular pathways get together to ensure normal bacterial growth

As part of their long-term investigation of regulatory factors in the bacterial cell cycle, molecular biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst now report finding a surprising new role for one factor, CpdR, an adaptor that helps to regulate selective protein destruction, the main control mechanism of cell cycle progression in bacteria, at specific times. [More]
Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins have been shown to reduce complications from cardiovascular surgery. To determine whether statins might also help those undergoing major lung surgeries, a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center conducted a well-designed study that randomized patients to receive either a statin or placebo before and after surgery. [More]
Israeli researchers establish novel optogenetic method for cardiac pacing and resynchronization

Israeli researchers establish novel optogenetic method for cardiac pacing and resynchronization

Israeli researchers have successfully established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without the use of a conventional electrical pacemaker. This novel biologic strategy employs light-sensitive genes that can be injected into the heart and then activated by flashes of blue light. [More]
UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

UT Southwestern researchers identify two proteins within fetal lungs that initiate labor process

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified two proteins in a fetus' lungs responsible for initiating the labor process, providing potential new targets for preventing preterm birth. [More]
UT Southwestern scientists devise new technique to identify cell that replenishes adult heart muscle

UT Southwestern scientists devise new technique to identify cell that replenishes adult heart muscle

Regenerative medicine researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a cell that replenishes adult heart muscle by using a new cell lineage-tracing technique they devised. [More]
Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. [More]
PSMA can be an ideal target for diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

PSMA can be an ideal target for diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is a surface protein that is normally present on healthy prostate cells, but is found at much higher levels on prostate cancer cells. It is barely found in the rest of the body. "Therefore, PSMA is an ideal target for diagnostic purposes as well as targeted therapies against prostate cancer," says biotechnologist Dr. Matthias Eder of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ). [More]
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