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Movement Toward a Poop Test for Liver Cirrhosis
News   Mar 29, 2019

In a study of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and their twins and other close relatives, UC San Diego researchers were able to diagnose liver cirrhosis simply by analyzing a person’s stool microbes

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Making Alpha-1-Antitrypsin in the Lab Will Save on Donor Blood
News   Mar 28, 2019

A genetic disorder in which the protein Alpha-1-antitrypsin is not produced requires sufferers to endure frequent blood transfusions. To obtain the correct dose of protein, blood from 900 donors is required. Now, a group of researchers has found a way to produce the Alpha-1-antitrypsin protein in mammalian cells.

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How Nerve Cells Keep Misfolded Proteins in Check
News   Mar 28, 2019

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease are associated with misfolded and aggregated proteins. Researchers have discovered a new mechanism used by cells to protect themselves.

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Shielding Cell Transplants in Microcapsules
News   Mar 27, 2019

Encapsulating human stem-cell-derived beta cells in microcapsules made with a protein that repels key immune cells restored glucose metabolism in diabetic mice and protected the cells from immune system attack, preventing the buildup of inflammatory fibrotic tissue that has plagued previous trials of encapsulated beta cells.

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First Disease Caused by a Mutation in Myoglobin Identified
News   Mar 27, 2019

Researchers have described a new muscular disease caused by a mutation in the myoglobin gene.

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Model Reveals How Amino Acids Determine Protein Function
News   Mar 26, 2019

A machine-learning model computationally breaks down how segments of amino acid chains determine a protein’s function, which could help researchers design and test new proteins for drug development or biological research.

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Protein "Spat Out" by Cancer Cells Promotes Tumor Growth
News   Mar 26, 2019

Prostate cancer cells change the behavior of other cells around them, including normal cells, by "spitting out" a protein from their nucleus.

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“Minerva” – The Roman Goddess Involved in Metastasis
News   Mar 26, 2019

Researchers have identified a new gene in the fruit fly Drosophila that is required for regulating the addition of T-antigen onto a subset of proteins in immune cells.

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European Bioinformatics Institute Launches Protein Data Bank
News   Mar 22, 2019

EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and collaborators have launched a new data resource, called Protein Data Bank in Europe Knowledge Base (PDBe-KB), which gives researchers a more comprehensive view of publicly available protein structure data.

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Plant Immunity Cut to Size
News   Mar 22, 2019

Researchers have found a link between a class of enzymes and immune signals that is rapidly triggered upon physical damage in plants.

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