Immunology

Fever alters immune cells so they can better reach infections

Fever is known to help power up our immune cells, and scientists in Shanghai have new evidence explaining how. They found in mice that fever alters surface proteins on immune cells like lymphocytes to make them better able ...

Medical research

Compound made inside human body stops viruses from replicating

The newest antiviral drugs could take advantage of a compound made not by humans, but inside them. A team of researchers has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals ...

Neuroscience

Researchers pinpoint pathway to muscle paralysis

Researchers at the University of Arizona have taken an essential step forward in the quest to find the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. In the cells of flies, mice and humans ...

Medications

First photoactive drug for pain treatment

A team of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona has participated in the design of the first light-activated drug, JF-NP-26, for the treatment of pain, according to a study with animal models published ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder

A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve cells in the mouse brain, it ...

Medical research

Researchers discover mutation involved in neurodegeneration

A mutation that increases the level of a special class of sphingolipids—molecules important to cell structure and signaling—can lead to neurodegeneration due to problems with neuronal membranes, reports a research team ...

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