Two papers describe how a membrane protein can move both lipids and ions

IMAGE: Schematic drawing of the transmembrane portion of TMEM16 family proteins. Upper panel shows a scramblase, in closed (nonconductive) intermediate (ion conduction) and open (lipid exchange) configuration. The lower panel shows… view more  Credit: C. Paulino, University of Groningen The TMEM16 family of membrane proteins was hailed as representing the elusive calcium-activated chloride channels. However, the…

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PolyU establishes an alliance with eight institutions to advance research in nursing

IMAGE: Group photo of the representatives of the participating institutions after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. view more  Credit: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with eight participating universities / institutions in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) to establish The Nursing Alliance…

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IU School of Medicine researchers develop groundbreaking test for PTSD

IMAGE: Dr. Alexander Niculescu and researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine have developed a new blood test for PTSD. view more  Credit: Indiana University School of Medicine A cutting-edge blood test discovered by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers could help more accurately diagnose military veterans and other people experiencing…

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BAT’s novel vaping product shows minimal toxicity in laboratory tests

A series of in vitro toxicology tests provide evidence that British American Tobacco’s novel vaping product produces greatly reduced mutagenicity, cytotoxicity and effects on wound healing as compared to cigarette smoke. Scientists at BAT carried out tests to characterise the biological impact of a prototype e-cigarette. The tests assessed and compared the mutagenicity, genotoxicity, cytotoxicity…

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