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Bioartificial kidney under study at MCG

...r some patients by more closely mimicking the many important functions of the kidney. In ICUs today, doctors m...ons of kidney cells that can perform many of these important kidney functions. Human proximal tubule cells are collected from kidneys obtained by the National Di...

Viral DNA sequence a possible trigger for breast cancer

...e-handedly suggests that viral infection may be an important and previously unrecognized trigger for breast cancer. The DNA sequence in question is usually found in immune cells and helps trigger the activation and proliferation of the cells. These sequences have also been found in proteins from some other ca...

Wisconsin scientists grow critical nerve cells

...ists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are important because they provide critical guideposts for scientists trying to repair damaged or diseased nervous systems. Motor neurons transmit messages from the brain and spinal cord, dictating almost every movement in the body from the wiggling of a toe to ...

Man and mouse share genome structures

...atory scaffolding surrounding the genome may be as important as changes in the genome itself in causing disease...near genes. The researchers think these sites have important regulatory functions, because the methylation patterns are similar in comparable portions of the mou...

Adding Radiation Therapy To Chemotherapy Improves Survival In Patients With High-risk Breast Cancer

... the addition of locoregional radiation therapy is important to achieve the highest cure rate," the authors write. In an editorial, Timothy Whelan, B.M., B.Ch., and Mark Levine, M.D., of the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, discuss the use of locoregional radiation therapy in breast cancer patie...

Novel Asthma Study Shows Multiple Genetic Input Required; Single-gene Solution Shot Down

... the addition of locoregional radiation therapy is important to achieve the highest cure rate," the authors write. In an editorial, Timothy Whelan, B.M., B.Ch., and Mark Levine, M.D., of the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, discuss the use of locoregional radiation therapy in breast cancer patie...

Scientists ID molecular 'switch' in liver that triggers harmful effects of saturated and trans fats

... sterol responsive element binding proteins. These important parts of the mechanism activate many key genes of ...t Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "These are important findings in a long-established area of medicine." ...

Spleen may be source of versatile stem cells

...cket of primitive stem cells in thespleen that are important for healing several types of damage orinjury," says Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, director of the MGHImmunobiology Laboratory and senior author of the SAGE KE report. "Ifso, these cells could have much broader therapeutic applications thansuggested by ou...

UAB scientists discover the origin of a mysterious physical force

...nderstand many of these processes. Two of the most important of these processes are the adherence of substances to cell membranes and the withdrawal of proteins. Both of these are fundamental in biomedical research, since a substantial part of the process of designing new drugs is based on understanding how su...

Researchers discover way to make cells in the eye sensitive to light

...ene can create a functionalphotoreceptor. It is an important proof of principle that melanopsincan make non-light sensitive cells receptive to light, and although nota cure, could have applications in treating some forms of blindness."Dr Rob Lucas, from the University of Manchester, and one of the paper'sautho...

W.M. Keck Foundation funds study of friendly microbes

...obial communities among different people may be an important factor that influences predisposition to obesity a...ze previously unknown chemical compounds that play important roles in regulating the properties of the microbial community and human physiology. To do so, the re...

Yellowstone microbes fueled by hydrogen, according to U. of Colorado study

...it's probably a very old form of metabolism.That's important because it tells us about the history of life onEarth," he said. "And if it works this way on Earth, it's likely tohappen elsewhere. When you look up at the stars, there is a lot ofhydrogen in the universe."...

Growth in the sea comes down to a struggle for iron

...ons in iron throughout the world's oceans may have important ecological consequences as well. Their results will contribute to the diverse oceanographic understanding needed to determine whether or not adding iron to ocean waters is a wise tool in any attempts to manage a changing climate. ...

New binding target for oncogenic viral protein

...T antigen which inactivates two of the cell's most important cancer-preventing proteins, p53 and pRb. In a stud...d in up to 30% of human tumors. "Fbw7 is itself an important tumor suppressor which makes it an attractive choice for inactivation by Large T," explained Dr. Mar...

Poor prenatal nutrition permanently damages function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas

... predictors of human biology, the Joslin study has important implications. "People and their doctors need to understand that prenatal undernourishment makes a person permanently at higher risk for developing diabetes, so prenatal care is important," Dr. Patti said. "Moreover, if someone was born with low weigh...

Termites feed through good vibrations

...arty effect". This social information had another important effect: limiting reproduction potential. Most term...e palatability of the wood species and hardness is important as are defensive chemicals made by the plant. But our work shows that this is not the only method of...

Current human embryonic stem cell lines contaminated UCSD/Salk team finds

...as a potential therapeutic tool in humans."It's an important safety issue because this opens up the idea thatmetabolic transfer of glycans is occurring between cells," said Gage."Also, components of the growth medium have the capacity to change theimmunological characteristics of the human ES cells. More resea...

Elusive HIV shape change revealed; Key clue to how virus infects cells

... a person's antibodies. gp120's shape change is an important "escape mechanism" for HIV, allowing the virus to bind to and enter a cell before the immune system can "see" it, notes Harrison. "We can now compare the bound and unbound forms and try to understand whether there are any immunologic properties that...

Genome of deadly amoeba shows surprising complexity, evidence of lateral gene transfer

...e level of certain bacteria in the colon can be an important determinant of the amoeba's virulence. Biomedical scientists say the E. histolytica sequence will help researchers develop new tools to predict which of the millions of people who ingest amoeba cysts in contaminated fluids will actually develop the ...

Newly-discovered class of genes determines ?and restricts ?stem cell fate

...ld." Epstein thinks that this concept may also be important for understanding the cell of origin for a number .... Understanding stem cell biology may therefore be important for developing new therapies for cancer. Adult resident stem cells have been identified in many typ...

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