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Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells

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Graphic: Reg3G [12/02/2016] Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report evidence that alcohol is also harmful to the liver for a second reason -- it allows gut bacteria to migrate to the liver, promoting alcohol-induced liver disease. The study, conducted in mice and in laboratory samples, is published February 10 in Cell Host & Microbe.Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells - Read more

Scientists find leukemia's surroundings key to its growth

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Graphic: T-Cells [12/02/2016] Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered that a type of cancer found primarily in children can grow only when signaled to do so by other nearby cells that are noncancerous. The finding contributes to a growing body of research that implicates the environment around a cancer in its spread, an area of study that holds promise for new alternatives to treat the disease.Scientists find leukemia's surroundings key to its growth - Read more

Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep

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Graphic: Stem cells with hydrogels [11/02/2016] Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent, they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as diabetes, leukemia and age-related blindness. However, maintaining this versatility until the time is right is a major challenge.Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep - Read more

Protein regulates fat storage and liver metabolism

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Graphic: fat cells [11/02/2016] A European Research Council grant worth around 1.5 million Euros has been awarded to Dr. Grzegorz Sumara, a biologist from Würzburg. It supports his outstanding research proposal about the widespread disease obesity. Only 291 early-career scientists European wide secured this Starting Grant during the last call. Protein regulates fat storage and liver metabolism - Read more

Atherosclerosis: Getting to the root of the problem with a turbo gene

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Photo: two physicians working at a test set-up [09/02/2016] Many people suffer from atherosclerosis, especially in developed countries. The buildup of fatty deposits inside the arterial blood vessels leads to strokes and heart attacks. Now, a new method is designed to get to the root of the problem, and with the help of nanoparticles inject new turbo replacement cells into the blood vessels which are intended to exert their curative effect.Atherosclerosis: Getting to the root of the problem with a turbo gene - Read more

More detailed analysis of how cells react to stress

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Graphic: blue points with red spots on black background [09/02/2016] Stress in the body’s cells is both the cause and consequence of inflammatory diseases or cancer. The cells react to stress to protect themselves. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed a new technique that allows studying a fundamental response to stress in much more detail than previously possible: the ADP-ribosylation of chromatin. More detailed analysis of how cells react to stress - Read more

Researchers uncover new piece of the HIV puzzle

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Graphic: HIV-puzzle [08/02/2016] A research project headed by Henrik Kloeverpris, a postdoc at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, shows that the so-called ILCs - a component of the immune system crucial to maintaining immune system balance - are destroyed in patients infected with HIV. This study highlights the importance of early treatment during an acute HIV infection. Researchers uncover new piece of the HIV puzzle - Read more

Biomolecule's behavior: artificial vs natural conditions

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Graphic: RNA hairpin [05/02/2016] Researchers often analyse isolated biomolecules in test tubes, and it is doubtful if the results can be applied to densely-packed cells. A team from Bochum, Dortmund and Greifswald monitored the folding of an RNA structure in the living cell and compared the results with those of test tube analyses.Biomolecule's behavior: artificial vs natural conditions - Read more

Great leaps forward thanks to new methods

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[01/02/2016] Self-healing powers like a superhero on the big screen? That’s the aim of regenerative medicine; at least in a very broad sense. This promising field of biomedicine is currently highly dynamic with innovative technologies and development. New methods are designed to help propel medicine into a whole new sphere.Great leaps forward thanks to new methods - Read more

Imaging tool maps cells' composition in 3-D

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Photo: Researcher uses experimental instrument [01/02/2016] A one-of-a-kind instrument built at CSU lets scientists map cellular composition in three dimensions at the nanoscale, allowing researchers to watch how cells respond to new medications at the most minute level ever observed.Imaging tool maps cells' composition in 3-D - Read more

 
 

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