Fungus Foible Found

News   Jun 20, 2017 | Original Story by Emily Gersema, USC

International Team Identify Druggable Target to Fight Fungus Candida Albicans

The BDF1 protein bound to a compound that blocks the growth of Candida albicans, a fungal infection shown in the background. (Illustration/IlluScientia for the University of Grenoble Alpes)



Antitumor Immune Function in Liver Controlled by Gut Microbiome


Scientists have found a connection between bacteria in the gut and antitumor immune responses in the liver. The study showed that bacteria found in the gut of mice affect the liver’s antitumor immune function. The findings have implications for understanding the mechanisms that lead to liver cancer and for therapeutic approaches to treat them.


You Are What Your Mother Eats


While many factors, such as the age of the mother, overall health and genetics ultimately play a role, the correlation between a mother’s nutrition habits and metabolism has been proved to directly impact the growth of her child. And researchers believe they may be one step closer to knowing why.


Pigs as Models for Zika Virus Research


Zika virus is pathogenic to humans and nonhuman primates but does not naturally affect other species, complicating studies on pathogenesis and the evaluation of vaccines and antiviral therapies. Due to the similarities in physiology, anatomy and the immune system between pigs and humans it was evaluated if pigs can be used as human surrogates in Zika virus research.



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