Jekyll and Hyde: Cells’ executioner can also stave off death

ATLANTA — An enzyme viewed as an executioner, because it can push cells to commit suicide, may actually short circuit a second form of cell death, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered.
The finding could shift drug di…

Study links vitamin D to lung cancer survival

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Recent research suggests vitamin D may be able to stop or prevent cancer. Now, a new study finds an enzyme that plays a role in metabolizing vitamin D can predict lung cancer survival.
The study, from researchers at the U…

Discovery could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD

Researchers have proved that a single “master switch” enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous that clogs the airways of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The enzyme’s action can be bloc…

Scripps Research scientists find measles’ natural nemesis

LA JOLLA, CA — January 20, 2011 — Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that a known enzyme in cells protects against measles virus, likely by altering the virus’s genetic material, RNA. Cells lacking the enzyme become highly v…

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