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Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Could be Used as Universal Scaffolding to Replicate Cell Membrane Channel Properties

Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Could be Used as Universal Scaffolding to Replicate Cell Membrane Channel Properties

A study, in which the Membrane Nanomechanics group led by the Ikerbasque lecturer Dr Vadim Frolov at the Biophysics Unit of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has participated, suggests that single-wall carbon nanotubes could be used as universal scaffolding to help to replicate the properties of cell membrane channels. The results of the study have been published in the prestigious journal Nature. [More]
Nanobodies More Accessible for Research

Nanobodies More Accessible for Research

Antibodies, in charge of recognizing and homing in on molecular targets, are among the most useful tools in biology and medicine. Nanobodies – antibodies' tiny cousins – can do the same tasks, for example marking molecules for research or flagging diseased cells for destruction. But, thanks to their comparative simplicity nanobodies offer the tantalizing prospect of being much easier to produce. [More]
New Lab Device Gives Unprecedented Microscopic Look at Metastasis

New Lab Device Gives Unprecedented Microscopic Look at Metastasis

Johns Hopkins engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body, causing more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths. By shedding light on precisely how tumor cells travel, the device could uncover new ways to keep cancer in check. [More]
Ion Channels with Short Carbon Nanotubes Can be Inserted into Live Cell Membranes

Ion Channels with Short Carbon Nanotubes Can be Inserted into Live Cell Membranes

A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA. [More]
Researchers Analyze Role of Nanostructures Around Brain Cells

Researchers Analyze Role of Nanostructures Around Brain Cells

Freiburg researchers decipher the role of nanostructures around brain cells in central nervous system function [More]
DNA-Based Tension Probes Map How Cells Mechanically Sense Their Environments

DNA-Based Tension Probes Map How Cells Mechanically Sense Their Environments

Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin receptors act like little hands and feet to pull these cells across a surface or to anchor them in place. When groups of these cells are put into a petri dish with a variety of substrates they can sense the differences in the surfaces and they will "crawl" toward the stiffest one they can find. [More]
Thermosponge Nanoparticle Platform Efficiently Delivers Important Proteins

Thermosponge Nanoparticle Platform Efficiently Delivers Important Proteins

A research team led by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has developed and tested a novel nanoparticle platform that efficiently delivers clinically important proteins in vivo in initial proof-of-concept tests. [More]
Tiny ‘Nanodomain’ Structures with Concentrated ANK3 Gene Levels Linked to Bipolar Disorder

Tiny ‘Nanodomain’ Structures with Concentrated ANK3 Gene Levels Linked to Bipolar Disorder

A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine® scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness. [More]
Nanoscale Protein Fibers Incubated with Curcumin Continue to Assemble to the Microscale

Nanoscale Protein Fibers Incubated with Curcumin Continue to Assemble to the Microscale

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. [More]
University of Zurich Biochemists Reveal Structure of Iron-Transport Protein

University of Zurich Biochemists Reveal Structure of Iron-Transport Protein

For the first time, the three dimensional structure of the protein that is essential for iron import into cells, has been elucidated. Biochemists of the University of Zurich have paved the way towards a better understanding of iron metabolism. The results also provide a basis for novel approaches to treat iron-related metabolic diseases. [More]