Twin Nanoparticle Shown Effective At Targeting, Killing Breast Cancer Cells

Breast cancer patients face many horrors, including those that arise when fighting the cancer itself. Medications given during chemotherapy can have wicked side effects, including vomiting, dizziness, anemia and hair loss. These side effects occur because medications released into the body target healthy cells as well as tumor cells. The trick becomes how to deliver […]

Protein Helps Immune Cells To Divide And Conquer

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a key protein that is required for immune cells called B lymphocytes to divide and replicate themselves. The rapid generation of large numbers of these immune cells is critical to the body’s antibody defense mechanism. However, when B cells grow unchecked, it […]

New Innovations To Selectively Kill Cancer Cells Developed By MIT Student

When it comes to solving complex problems, Geoffrey von Maltzahn, MIT graduate student and biomedical engineer, looks to nature for solutions. Finding inspiration in systems that evolution has produced, von Maltzahn is currently helping to tackle one of society’s biggest challenges: improving tumor detection and therapeutic delivery in order to boost the survival rate of […]

Sloan Fellowships Awarded To Two UT Southwestern Researchers

Two researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have been named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows, an award intended to “support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work.” Dr. Jennifer Kohler and Dr. Joseph Ready were honored for their work in chemistry. The Alfred […]

Self-Digestion As A Means Of Survival

In times of starvation, cells tighten their belts: they start to digest their own proteins and cellular organs. The process – known as autophagy – takes place in special organelles called autophagosomes. It is a strategy that simple yeast cells have developed as a means of survival when times get tough, and in the course […]

Cell Microenvironments Hold Key To Future Stem Cell Therapies

Adult stem cells and their more committed kin, progenitor cells, are prized by medical researchers for their ability to produce different types of specialized cells. The potential of using these cells to repair or replace damaged tissue holds great promise for cancer therapies and regenerative medicine. However, the question that must first be answered is […]

Molecular Oncology Accepted Into Thomson Reuters Index

Molecular Oncology (MOLONC), published by Elsevier on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), has been accepted by Thomson Reuters™ (formerly ISI), for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Biosis Previews and Biological Abstracts. MOLONC (published 6 times a year from January 1, 2009) highlights new discoveries, approaches, as well as […]

Measuring The Precise Impact Of Fat On Cancer Spread

Researchers at Purdue University have precisely measured the impact of a high-fat diet on the spread of cancer, finding that excessive dietary fat caused a 300 percent increase in metastasizing tumor cells in laboratory animals. The researchers used an imaging technique to document how increasing fat content causes cancer cells to undergo changes essential to […]

CCNY And Memorial Sloan-Kettering Receive NIH Award Of $15.9 Million To Create Partnership

The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded The City College of New York (CCNY) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) a $15.9 million grant to implement a unique partnership in cancer research, education, and outreach. The five-year, renewable award is funded by NCI’s U54 program, an initiative created to develop partnerships […]

Transporter Could Help Breast Cancer Cells Commit Suicide

Researchers are trying to open a door for a killer that breast cancer cells shut out. “If we can figure out how to do that, we could have a new therapeutic target for fighting breast cancer,” says Dr. Thangaraju Muthusamy, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Medical College of Georgia School of […]