Proteins that protect against joint inflammation identified

Endogenous proteins that play a vital part in allergies and parasitic infection can prevent the immune system from wrongly attacking the body and causing inflamed joints, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the scientific journal PNAS reports. The researchers hope that the results will give rise to new drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. In protecting us against infections, […]

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Dementia study reveals how proteins interact to stop brain signals

Fresh insights into damaging proteins that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could aid the quest for treatments. A study in mice reveals how the two proteins work together to disrupt communication between brain cells. Scientists observed how proteins—called amyloid beta and tau—team up to hamper key genes responsible for brain messaging. By changing how genes […]

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Scientists reliably predict people’s age by measuring proteins in blood

The carnival worker who tries to guess your age relies on aspects of your appearance, such as your posture and whether any wrinkles emanate from the corners of your eyes and lips. If the carny’s guess is more than a few years off, you win a stuffed koala. But a team of Stanford University School of Medicine scientists doesn’t need […]

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Inflamed monkey guts produce Parkinson’s-related proteins

The intestinal linings of monkeys with inflamed bowels show chemical alterations similar to abnormal protein deposits in the brains of Parkinson’s patients, lending support to the idea that inflammation may play a key role in the development of the degenerative neurological disorder. A study published by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers today in the Journal of Inflammation Research found phosphorylated alpha-synuclein—a […]

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Analyzing colon cancer proteins and genes uncovers new potential treatments

Analyzing both the entire set of genes and all the proteins produced by colon cancer tissues from patient samples has revealed a more comprehensive view of the tumor that points at novel cancer biological mechanisms and possible new therapeutic strategies. This multidisciplinary and multi-institutional study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and published in the journal Cell, strongly […]

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Investors’ appetites whetted by alternative proteins

Cell-cultured meat, plant-based foie gras, algae milk and seaweed caviar are just some of the increasingly sophisticated alternative protein options flooding the market—and whetting investors’ appetites. Last year alone, dozens of companies were launched, and many are attracting big investors, according to the burgeoning industry’s pioneers. “For every company that’s looking for money, there are two or three investors. I’ve […]

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Can Alzheimer’s be disease, also transmitted to other people?

Transferability of the pathological Amyloid-Beta proteins confirmed Alzheimer’s is a dreaded neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects older people and their proliferation has increased in the past decades dramatically. Already in the year 2015, researchers had expressed the end of the Univesity College London suspected that a Transferability of the disease, the misfolded Amyloid-could be proteins. In laboratory tests on mice, […]

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