Navigation Links
Scripps Florida scientist awarded $2.2 million grant to study hepatitis C
Date:10/11/2011

JUPITER, FL, October 10, 2011 The Scripps Research Institute has been awarded a $2.2 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) induces liver cancer. The research could lead to potentially new therapeutic targets for treating those chronically infected with the virus.

Timothy Tellinghuisen, an assistant professor on the Florida campus of Scripps Research, is the principal investigator for the project.

Hepatitis C virus infection is a major public health problem worldwide. Estimates place the number of HCV infected individuals at approximately 170 to 200 million, representing nearly three percent of the world's population, according to the World Health Organization. HCV infection and its assorted pathologies are responsible for an estimated 250,000 deaths a year worldwide.

A majority of patients remain chronically infected, which can lead to progressive liver damage, cirrhosis, and often the development of hepatocellular carcinomaliver cancer. An estimated 60 to 70 percent of all those infected develop chronic infections and most progress to major liver damage. Each year, as many as five percent of these chronically infected patients will develop liver cancer.

While the mechanisms by which HCV induces liver cancer are largely unknown, Tellinghuisen's ongoing research points to host cell signaling pathways that are likely altered by the virus, creating a replication niche for the virus that avoids the body's innate immune system.

"We have identified a host proteincalled CARD14as an important factor for HCV RNA replication," he said. "We believe that a pathway regulated by this protein gets manipulated by the virus to maintain chronic infections and that this contributes, in part, to liver cancer development. The new grant will help us explore the extensive role of CARD14 in HCV replication and, quite possibly, identify new ways to attack chronic HCV infection."

Overall, the new grant will enable Tellinghuisen and his colleagues to characterize how the virus manipulates this host cell pathway, identify the genes regulated by this pathway and determine their effect on viral infection and persistence, and define the function of this protein in normal liver physiology.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mika Ono
mikaono@scripps.edu
858-784-2052
Scripps Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Scripps Health Begins Pioneering Study of Human Tumor Sequencing in Cancer Patients
2. Top Scientists Explore the Origin of Life in Annual Lasker Lecture at Scripps Research Institute Florida Campus
3. Scripps Blood & Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Providing Life-Saving Care
4. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla First in San Diego to Achieve Magnet Nursing Re-designation
5. Scripps Announces Plans for Region's First Proton Therapy Center; $185 Million Facility to Offer Advanced Care to Cancer Patients
6. Scripps Research scientists share $2 million in Florida state research grants
7. Scripps Center for Executive Health Now Offers Genetic Testing
8. Scripps Research scientists uncover previously unknown natural mechanism that controls cocaine use
9. NIH awards Scripps Florida scientists $2.3 Million to develop drug addiction treatments
10. Scripps Research scientists solve long-standing mystery of protein quality control mechanism
11. Scripps and Trius team up to develop new antibiotics with US Department of Defense grant
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scripps Florida scientist awarded $2.2 million grant to study hepatitis C
(Date:4/30/2016)... Macomb, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... report published by CBC News on April 4th, 2016 questioned the use ... organization referred to EOTTS-HyProCure as “a controversial procedure.” EOTTS-HyProCure is a minimally ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... World Patent Marketing , a vertically ... automotive invention that improves the storage features of a pick up truck. , ... Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent Marketing. "Over the next five ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... MA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the national charitable foundation serving the footwear industry, ... With 8,000 volunteers representing more than 130 companies across 23 states during the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Our bodies are bombarded daily by environmental and lifestyle ... these stressors is to adopt a more healthful diet, but too many people think ... certified Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of the Newport Beach Cleanse and 14-Day Eating ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Dr. ... of best seller "LOVE, MEDICINE and MIRACLES") addresses touchy topics related to Death ... podcasted thereafter . Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of a plethora of essential ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... SHAWNEE, Kan. , April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Martabano , a senior from the University of ... winner of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award ... veterinary schools, which were awarded a total of ... Over the last four years, Bayer has provided ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... FRANCISCO , April 27, 2016 ... reach over USD 2.14 billion by 2022, according ... Inc.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ... technological advancement affecting the efficiency and accuracy delivered ... the persistent demand for novel urinalysis instruments and ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... April 26, 2016 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ... presentation at the Deutsche Bank 41 st Annual Health ... EDT. You are invited to listen to the ... or access it directly at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/mr4uxgas . A recorded ... conclusion of the live event and accessible at the links ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: