Neuroscience

Key regulatory role for mysterious olfaction molecule OMP

New research from the Monell Center reveals that olfactory marker protein (OMP), a molecule found in the cells that detect odor molecules, plays a key role in regulating the speed and transmission of odor information to the ...

Medical research

Researchers identify important signaling molecule

An international team of scientists have provided insights into the working of a "signaling molecule", which will provide new strategies for medicines in areas such as pain medication.

Medical research

Familiar drugs may block Ebola virus infection

A well-known class of molecules, many of which are already in use therapeutically, may be able to block the Ebola virus's entry into cells and halt the disease in its tracks, according to researchers at the University of ...

Neuroscience

Scientists unravel mystery of brain cell growth

In the developing brain, special proteins that act like molecular tugboats push or pull on growing nerve cells, or neurons, helping them navigate to their assigned places amidst the brain's wiring.

Medical research

Lassa virus uses unexpected two-step mechanism to enter cells

(Medical Xpress)—The Lassa virus is a dangerous microbe. Endemic to West Africa and spread by a rodent, it causes infections in humans that can lead to a severe and deadly hemorrhagic fever. There are an estimated 500,000 ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Molecules involved in rheumatoid arthritis angiogenesis identified

Two protein molecules that fit together as lock and key seem to promote the abnormal formation of blood vessels in joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago ...

Neuroscience

Researchers find surprising relationships in brain signaling

If the violins were taken away from the musicians performing Beethoven's 9th symphony, the resulting composition would sound very different. If the violins were left on stage but the violinists were removed, the same mutant ...

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