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Lean Protein Could Be Key to Obesity Drugs

A protein that lets mice eat more but weigh less could prove the magic ingredient for diet drugs of the future.British scientists from drug giant SmithKline Beecham and the University of Cambridge have created mice with a human protein known as Uncoupling Protein 3 (UCP3) that increases their metabolism.In what is every dieter's dream, the mice were able to eat more than normal mice but still wei...

Evidence Links Protein Damage to Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

Neurodegenerative diseases - including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Diffuse Lewy body disease, and Multiple System Arophy - are collectively called synucleinopathies. Most commonly they become symptomatic due to a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter - in the case of Parkinson's it is dopamine. When the neurons that produce these chemicals die or become impaired, which occurs with oxidation, th...

Special proteins to fight TB identified

Heat-shock proteins, which are protective substances, produced by the body in stressful situations may help the immune system kill the TB bacteria, researchers in the UK report. According to a report in the June issue of the journal Nature Medicine, these heat-shock proteins, which are special proteins produced by the body help cells survive stressful times and bolster the immune system of the b...

Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of ‘Huntingtons’ Disase

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of Huntingtins’ Disese

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

Protein in urine foresees heart disease

Heart disease, in any form is unquestionably one of the major cause of morbidity and mortality in this planet. The scientists of the globe are working on preventing the same as by any means, prevention is better than cure. As a result of their hard work they have come out with number of ways to identify and stop the progression when the disease is young. And now the Dutch investigators found that...

Levels Of Blood Proteins May Help Heart Disease Care

Levels of blood proteins may help decide the course of treatment for people with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to the results of two preliminary studies. CAD occurs when fatty deposits narrow the arteries that supply blood to the heart, and can lead to chest pain and heart attack. ....In the first study, researchers identified interleukin-6 (IL-6)//, an immune system protein that pla...

Protein signals need for heart surgery

Elevated levels of a protein released by damaged heart tissue may be a helpful signal for doctors to treat heart symptoms aggressively with surgery. Performing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty on patients with elevated levels of the protein troponin reduced mortality rates by an estimated 40 percent. ..// ...."Any sign of heart damage by troponin, whether a small amount or a large amount, was...

High-protein diets may pose health risks

High protein diets have no proven effectiveness in long-term weight reduction and post potential health threats for those who adhere to them for more than a short time, accordinhg to an advisory from the American Heart Associantion’s Nutrition Committee in Circulation published in: Journal of the American Heart Association. ....Some of the diets increase fat intake and reduce nutritionally rich f...

Protein and fat improve memory

All types of food energy, not just carbohydrates, appear to enhance memory performance in healthy older adults, says a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.//”The positive effects of carbohydrates on cognition have been well-established by researchers, but this is the first study to show that pure dietary protein and fat also improve memory,” says lead author Randall Kapl...

Hidden influenza virus protein found

For nearly 20 years, scientists have laboured under the assumption that the influenza virus comprises only 1- protein molecules that form its structure and carry out its activities. However, in Nature Medicine researchers report finding a new, “hidden” influenza virus protein.This protein may kill immune system cells that fight the virus, thereby contributing to the virus’s potency, the researche...

Clotting Protein plays a role in nerve repair

According to a new study, fibrin, a protein that helps form blood clots, may also be involved in regulating the repair of nerve damage. The discovery could lead to new strategies for repairing diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, although the research is still on the basic science level.// ....In multiple sclerosis, the slow destruction of myelin--the thin, protective coat...

High Levels of Protein Linked to Brain Shrinkage

Researchers say that high levels of the amino acid homocysteine may increase the risk of brain atrophy and blood vessel disease, researchers report. It is still too soon to be certain that lowering homocysteine levels will reduce the risk of Alzheimer's// and other types of dementia, but the approach is worth investigating. ....Prior research has shown that elevated levels of homocysteine may inc...

Special proteins to fight TB identified

Heat-shock proteins, which are protective substances, produced by the body in stressful situations may help the immune system kill the TB bacteria, researchers in the UK report. According to a report in the June issue of the journal Nature Medicine,// these heat-shock proteins, which are special proteins produced by the body help cells survive stressful times and bolster the immune system of the...

High-Protein Diet Found To Reduce Fertility

A high-protein diet, could make it hard for a woman to get pregnant, say researchers based on finding of a recent study .// ..For the study researchers looked at how the maternal diet prior to conception affects subsequent embryo implantation in the womb and development of the fetus. They found that a diet consisting of 25 percent protein disrupted normal gene imprinting patterns in mice embry...

Three dimensional structure of apolipoprotein revealed

Researchers from Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease have for the first time created the three dimensional structure of apolipoprotein E using X-ray crystallography. X-ray crystallography technique // is used for determining three dimensional structures so molecules by determining the x-ray diffraction patterns of the crystals present in molecules. Researchers feel that this new discove...

Novel Approach to Identify Protein Links with Genetic Disorder

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Bioinformatics in Bangalore, India, created a database of more than 25,000 protein-protein interactions// . It is the first large-scale analysis of protein interactions in human cells. This has helped in the scientists to identify new genes that cause genetic diseases. ..This database is the most detailed human interactome developed so...

Protein can change worn muscle fibres

A protein can change easily worn muscle fibres into energy-producing muscle fibres – mocking the effect of exercise. Recently, researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered a protein in muscle called PGC-10.// Now, with colleagues at the University of Texas, they reveal that the protein has the power to transform muscle fibres. ....There are two types of muscle fibre. Type II is the easily-fa...

Importance of soy protein in your diet

The benefits of consuming soy protein has been less explored. According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, there are many ways in which you can use the high protein content of soy in your diet.// Soy bean protein is a useful food because it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. If one wants to reduce the total calories in your diet, doctors feel that it may be a good notion to replace soy for some...

Protein in eye fights diseases

According to new study, a protein in the eye has prevented and stopped autoimmune eye disease in animal studies. Now, researchers say this could lead to promising treatments for other// autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. ....Scientists from the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston found the factor alpha-MSH can be harnessed and used as a therapeutic drug. The...

Unfavourable Lipid-Lipoprotein profiles in older adults has been linked to abdominal visceral fat

According to investigators from the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia, in persons over 60 years of age, elevated levels of abdominal visceral fat are associated with unfavourable plasma concentrations of lipids and lipoproteins. Abdominal fat was also found to be a primary determinant in the release of growth hormone in these individuals. The investigators assessed// plas...

Stroke victims have new hope with activated protein C

A new study by researchers from the University of Rochester, New York suggests that the activated protein C (APC), a protein with anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties,which until now is being used to treat septic infections, may also help reduce the damage caused by stroke. Researchers who conducted the study on mice found that APC could protect brain cells from the secondary damage as...

Mental retardation linked to brain protein

The journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, recently published a study by researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, which said that a brain protein called WAVE-1 may play a key role in mental retardation. WAVE-1 is a protein that is found throughout the brain and plays an important role in brain cell communication. The research was carried out on mice that were produ...

Protein in diabetic neuropathy treatment

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions the world over, with India being touted as the "Diabetes Capital of the World". Amongst the many serious diseases that diabetics can be affected with, diabetic neuropathy is also one. Neuropathy is the deterioration of nerves in the body. A diabetic patient with neuropathy has a 15 percent chance of undergoing one or more amputations. It has been found th...

Missing Protein In Cancer Development

A research indicates lack of protein to development of cancer. Cells without this protein are usually rendered genetically unstable. Such instability would either kill a cell or keep it from growing. However sometimes mutations alter cells in such a way that they are able to multiply creating tumors. Researchers indicated that loss of E2F3 itself doesn't cause cancer but its absence gives a norma...

Protein said to Improve Muscle Loss

Researchers have identified a molecule that may help older people maintain their youthfulness.// ..Researchers studied a group of cells, called satellite cells, that line the outside of muscle fibers. These cells rescue damaged muscles and divide to form new muscle tissue. They also generate new cells for future repairs. Previous studies have shown satellite cells respond when a certain protein c...

Low Protein Levels A Possible Indicator For A Miscarriage

A new study shows low levels of a protein involved in the immune system could be a potential indicator for a miscarriage.// ..Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Currently there are no treatments to prevent a miscarriage and no markers to identify women at high risk for one. ..Macrophage inhibitory cytokine 1 (MIC1) plays an important part in the immune s...

Protein’ Produced By Overstressed Heart Muscle a Strong Indicator Of Heart Diseae

Congestive heart failure is the most frequent cause of hospitalization among people 65 or older but is difficult to diagnose.// Treatment delays increase the chances of heart damage or complications and the costs of care. ..The substance, called B-type natriuretic peptide, could become the latest in a growing array of "biomarkers," or proteins whose levels...

The Uses Of Soy Protein

A new study shows soy protein with isoflavones does not have a beneficial effect on cognitive function, bone mineral density, or cholesterol in postmenopausal women.// ..Researchers say that the decline in estrogen levels after menopause is related to a decrease in bone mineral density and cognitive function along with an increase in cholesterol. Some women have taken hormone therapy to offset t...

Protein Found To Improve Muscle Loss

According to researchers a group of cells, called satellite cells, that line the outside of muscle fibers may help older people maintain // their youthfulness. These cells rescue damaged muscles and divide to form new muscle tissue. They also generate new cells for future repairs. Previous studies have shown satellite cells respond when a certain protein called Notch is activated by another prote...

HIV blocking protein in Monkey

Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a protein that essentially blocks HIV replication, in monkey cells. Humans have a similar protein, although it is not as effective at stopping HIV, say the researchers whose work //is published in this week's issue of Nature. The team, headed by Joseph Sodroski, is supported by the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Di...

Obese children may have abnormalities of lipoproteins

Childhood obesity may lead to abnormalities in lipoproteins and may lead to cardiovascular problems in children//... ....High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are good cholesterols that are good for the body, while low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are bad cholesterols and these should not be allowed to accumulate as it increases the cardiovascular risks by clogging the arteries. ....Lipid abnormalities a...

Artificially made protein to inhibit angiogenesis

Researchers of Medical College of Georgia had successfully made a protein// that will stop the process of angiogenesis... ....Angiogenesis is the abnormal growth of blood vessels that may lead to obstructed vision or growth of a tumor. ....The new protein, when applied to animals suffering from corneal injury or skin cancer called melanoma, reduced the blood vessel proliferation by up to two thir...

New protein found that could slow pancreatic cancer

Researchers have identified a new protein that can check the growth of pancreatic cancer//. ....Pancreatic cancer develops very fast and without many symptoms from which it can be identified. The cancer often resists interventions like chemotherapy and may be diagnosed at a time when even surgery may not be able to help the patients. ....Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School, US, have found a...

Premature Babies More Likely If Women Have Higher Protein Albumin In Urine

Women who loose protein in the urine or albuminuria (albumin is major part// the protein spectrum in the body) are more likely to have pre-mature babies according to a study. A simple, inexpensive test for urinary albumin may help doctors to predict mothers-to-be at risk who are likely to deliver early. ....A study was released in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (the official journal of t...

Proteinomics Research holds Key to Stomach Cancer

A multi-national research team led by the Melbourne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research// has identified a potential new target for stomach cancer therapy, according to a paper published today. ..Professor Brendan Jenkins and his colleagues from the Ludwig Instiute for Cancer Research, Melbourne has identified a particular potential new target which can be targeted for stomach canc...

Weighty problem: Protein is the solution?

Hail protein! So finally scientists have been able to zero in on the// nutrient, which will end people’s woes. The basis of the well known “rage” diets like Atkins diet and South beach diet lies in the stoppage or restriction of carbohydrate foods. As a consequence protein in the diet is increased manifold. Low carbohydrate is the gen-next mantra for weight loss and rightly so. These diets work...

Cholesterol can be lowered using combination of Soy Proteins and Sterols

Heart disease is responsible for nearly half (49 per cent) of all deaths //in Europe, killing more than 4.35 million people each year. Reducing cholesterol is one of the most important preventable factors in the disease. ..Both soy protein and plant sterols extracted from soy are already well established in the heart health foods market, with the US Food and Drug Administration backing health cl...

Researchers Discover Protein That Causes Malaria

Researchers have discovered the protein that enables the malaria parasites to attack the red blood cells. The research findings, which were published in the journal Cell, will help the scientists in designing vaccines against the dreaded disease of malaria.// ..A major pathway through which malaria parasites invade red blood cells is the binding of a protein on the surface of merozoites called EB...

Secret Of Heartbeat Protein Unravelled

Scientists in the US have solved the structure of a critical piece of protein used to keep hearts beating that they say will help treat cardiac or neurological diseases//. ..Biologist Dale Mierke and other researchers at Brown University have solved the structure of synapse-associated protein 97 (SAP97) found in abundance in the heart and head, reports university website www.brown.edu. ....This p...
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