cell biology

The protein Akna plays a key role in the behavior of neural stem cells, scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) have discovered. Led by Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz, director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research (ISF) at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Chair of Physiological Genomics of the LMU… Read more

Cells communicate with one another much like humans do. This allows organs to work synchronously, which in turn enables them to perform a remarkable range of tasks. One such means of communication is via tunneling nanotubes (TNTs). In a recently published article, researchers from the Institut Pasteur led by Chiara Zurzolo used advanced imaging techniques… Read more

Chaotic swings in the concentration of a particular protein — what in mathematics is known as chaotic dynamics — can increase the activation of a number of genes that are otherwise not activated, University of Copenhagen researchers have found. Based upon a range of experimental results, the researchers arrived at their conclusions through mathematical calculations… Read more

A virus that kills carcinoma cells has been combined by scientists with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system. This is the first time that cancer-associated fibroblasts within solid tumors – healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer… Read more

A mathematical relationship that sheds new light on the rate at which cancer cells mutate and why some survive and rapidly multiply, yet others do not, has been revealed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. The finding has implications for decision-making for precision-medicine tumor boards, the selection and design of clinical trials… Read more