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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 13, 2009
Date:5/17/2009

ants growing in the Chernobyl area following the April 26, 1986 disaster somehow adapted to the radioactive environment and thrived. But until now, nobody knew what biochemical changes in the plants accounted for this miracle and enabled plants to adapt.

The researchers found that soybean plant seeds exposed to radiation produced different amounts and types of protein than seeds from unexposed plants. The proteins protected the seeds from radio-contaminated environment. Interestingly, plants from contaminated fields produced one-third more of a protective protein called betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase the same protein known to protect human blood from radiation damage.

ARTICLE #3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Proteomic Analysis of Mature Soybean Seeds from the Chernobyl Area Suggest Plant Adaptation to the Contaminated Environment"

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CONTACT:
Martin Hajduch, Ph.D.
Department of Reproduction and Developmental Biology
Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovak Republic
Phone: 421-37-7336659
Fax: 421-37-7336660
Email: hajduch@savba.sk


ARTICLE #4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New insights into the mystery of "high risk platelets" from diabetic donors
Journal of Proteome Research

Amid emerging concerns that blood platelets donated for transfusion by individuals with Type 2 diabetes may be unsafe, scientists are reporting the first detailed identification and analysis of a group of abnormal proteins in platelets from diabetic donors. The study could lead to screening tests to detect and monitor these so-called "high risk platelets," the researchers say. Their study is scheduled for the June 5
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American Chemical Society
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