Sustainable eating: Are you ready to give up red meat to save the planet?

A new report compiled by 37 scientists and experts from 16 countries outlined that a healthy sustainable diet could feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050. But that means eating less protein from animals – are you ready for that? (Illustration: Gracia Lam © 2019 The New York Times) I suspect most of you already do … Read more

The protein p38gamma identified as a new therapeutic target in liver cancer: Scientists have shown for the first time that a protein related to cell stress also regulates cell division

An enzyme involved in cell stress responses could become a new pharmacological target in the treatment of liver cancer, a disease that currently has few available treatment options. The research team at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) led by Guadalupe Sabio has discovered that the protein p38?, one of the four types of … Read more

High-protein diet: Foods and how to do it

People looking to lose weight often decide to adopt a high-protein diet. Eating protein helps a person feel full, which can lead to them eating fewer calories overall. High-protein diets typically include large quantities of protein and only a small amount of carbohydrate. Most people can follow a high-protein diet by eating meat, fish, dairy … Read more

Protein pileup affects social behaviors through altered brain signaling

A pileup of p62 under certain pathogenic conditions acts as a sink for GABARAPs, thereby preventing them from their normal functions of transporting GABAA receptors to the cell’s surface. The reduction of GABAA receptors on brain cells prevents them from receiving inhibitory messages from their neighbors, in turn causing them to become hyperactive. When different … Read more

The protein p38-gamma identified as a new therapeutic target in liver cancer

Hepatocytes during the cell division process. Credit: CNIC An enzyme involved in cell stress responses could become a new pharmacological target in the treatment of liver cancer, a disease that currently has few available treatment options. The research team at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) led by Guadalupe Sabio has discovered that the … Read more

Cellular protein could take on role of restriction factor for hepatitis B virus

Hepatitis B is a viral liver infection that can lead to acute or chronic conditions. Although there is a vaccine that offers protection against the virus, current treatments which prevent the virus from replicating are not curative for infected individuals. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur working in collaboration with the CNRS have demonstrated that a … Read more

Can blocking a single protein tackle depression, obesity, and pain?

Depression, obesity, and chronic pain are some of the most pressing global health concerns. New research may have found a drug that could one day tackle all of these three conditions. Scientists may have identified a protein inhibitor that could tackle three conditions at once. Almost 40 percent of adults in the United States were … Read more

First case of person without the protein needed to transport vitamin D identified

Dr. Julien Marcadier, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the departments of medical genetics and paediatrics at the Cumming School of Medicine and senior author of the paper. Photo by Kelly Johnston, Cumming School of Medicine. Research identifying the first case of a person living without the protein needed to bind and transport vitamin D … Read more

Exercise, fasting shown to help cells shed defective proteins

Exercise, fasting help cells shed defective proteins Researchers have found that vigorous exercise, fasting, and hormones improve elimination of toxic, misfolded, unnecessary proteins in mouse and human cells. Discovery of previously unknown mechanism may someday aid in battle against Alzheimer’s The body’s ability to adapt to changing conditions and shifting physiologic demands is essential to … Read more

Researchers find targeting rare form of cystic fibrosis earlier prevents organ damage in ferrets

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers from the University of Iowa, University Medical Center Utrecht and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, reports that earlier administration of a drug already given to patients with a rare form of cystic fibrosis can prevent organ damage—at least in ferrets. In their paper published in the journal Science Translational … Read more

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