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Natural Protein Points to New Inflammation Treatment
Findings may offer insight to effective treatments for inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis.
Natural Protein Points to New Inflammation Treatment
Findings may offer insight to effective treatments for inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis.
Enzyme Links Age-Related Inflammation, Cancer
Researchers have shown that an enzyme key to regulating gene expression -- and also an oncogene when mutated -- is critical for the expression of numerous inflammatory compounds that have been implicated in age-related increases in cancer and tissue degeneration.
New Biomarker to Assess Stem Cells Developed
A research team led by scientists from UCL have found a way to assess the viability of 'manufactured' stem cells known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The team's discovery offers a new way to fast-track screening methods used in stem cell research.
Therapy Halts Progression of Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Researchers at Oregon State University announced today that they have essentially stopped the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for nearly two years in one type of mouse model used to study the disease – allowing the mice to approach their normal lifespan.
Crouching Protein, Hidden Enzyme
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the University of California (UC), Berkeley shows how a crucial molecular enzyme starts in a tucked-in somersault position and flips out when it encounters the right target.
HIV Protein Manipulates Hundreds of Human Genes
Findings search for new or improved treatments for patients with AIDS.
First 3-D Vision of Cancer Target
This basic research set the grounds for structure-based drug design approaches that could be beneficial for cancer treatments' - Dr. Cyril Dominguez, University of Leicester.
New Light Shed on Genetic Regulation
A team of scientists has uncovered greater intricacy in protein signaling than was previously understood, shedding new light on the nature of genetic production.
Hacking the Programs of Cancer Stem Cells
All tumor cells are the offspring of a single, aberrant cell, but they are not all alike.
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BRD4 Bromodomain 1 Inhibitor Screening Using a Homogeneous Proximity Assay
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Epigenetics refers to a dynamic set of processes that regulate transcription of the genome, some involving chemical modification of histone proteins. Histones associate with DNA to form nucleosomes, which bundle to form chromatin and chromosomes. Histones contain a flexible N-terminus tail, which protrudes from the nucleosome and is the site for epigenetic modifications. Modifications to amino acid residues in the histone tail include the addition and removal of functional groups, such as methyl and acetyl groups by specific enzymes. Other proteins affect epigenitic changes by reading whether the histone tail has been modified. A bromodomain protein is one such protein that recognizes and binds to the acetylated lysine residues in the histone tail. Inhibition of this protein: protein binding event is of major interest in some forms of cancer. This application highlights an HTS screening assay useful for studying the inhibition of bromodomain/histone binding. Continued interest in histone modifying proteins as druggable targets makes these types of assays an important focus area given the increased performance of the Synergy™ Neo HTS instrument. The assay is an extremely rapid and easy to perform biochemical assay with little optimization required aside from some initial instrumentation optimization. This assay was easily scaled to a 384-well format required for screening of small compound libraries.

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