The Literature
Certain Glial Cells Appear to Help Prevent Muscle Fatigue
Certain Glial Cells Appear to Help Prevent Muscle Fatigue
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
The flow of calcium and potassium ions keeps muscles contracting in the diaphragms of neonatal mice, but if a key protein receptor is missing, fatigue sets in more quickly.
Mutant RAS Proteins Team Up for Oncogenicity
Mutant RAS Proteins Team Up for Oncogenicity
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Mice with cancer whose KRAS proteins couldn’t link together had much better survival outcomes than those whose oncogenic mutant paired with wild-type KRAS.
Boosting Immunotherapy Treatments in Mouse Colon Cancer
Boosting Immunotherapy Treatments in Mouse Colon Cancer
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Mice treated with an immunostimulant had better outcomes when researchers blocked the expression of TNFR2, a compound that helps tumors evade immune attack.
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Chromosomal Instability Drives Cancer Metastasis
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.
Bacterial Cell Envelope Size is Key to Membrane Stress Response
Bacterial Cell Envelope Size is Key to Membrane Stress Response
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2018
Transmission of stress signals in E. coli is dependent on the distance between its inner and outer membranes.
A Systematic Approach to Finding Unannotated Proteins
A Systematic Approach to Finding Unannotated Proteins
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
A study suggests that there is more to the eukaryotic genome than was previously suspected.
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Circulating Mitochondrial DNA Alerts Immune System to Danger
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2018
In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.
A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.
War Dance of the Honeybee
War Dance of the Honeybee
Karl Gruber | Feb 1, 2018
One species has developed a novel waggle to warn about invading wasps.
Plant Cell Walls Can Control Growth in the Dark
Plant Cell Walls Can Control Growth in the Dark
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2018
To maintain an energy-saving growth strategy in the absence of light, seedlings need signals generated by pectin in their cell walls.