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Author: Melissa Stamm

Stanford’s Südhof to speak on synapse development, function

Jan. 5, 2012—Thomas Südhof, M.D., the Avram Goldstein Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will deliver the first Discovery Lecture of 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 12. His talk, “Neurexins: from synapse formation to synapse function,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. Südhof’s laboratory investigates how synapses — the...

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Green tea totals colorectal cancer

Jan. 5, 2012—Tea and its phytochemical constituents have demonstrated anti-cancer properties in cell and animal experiments – particularly green tea, which has higher levels of antioxidant polyphenols than other types of tea. Gong Yang, M.D., MPH, and colleagues evaluated the association between green tea consumption and colorectal cancer risk in participants of the Shanghai Men’s Health Study....

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Divvying up chromosomes

Dec. 16, 2011—Mitosis, or the separation of chromosomes during cell division, is driven by dynamic interactions between the kinetochore region on chromosomes and string-like structures called microtubules. A number of proteins, including the enzyme Cdk1, regulate these interactions, but it is unclear what kinetochore components such enzymes work upon. Kathy Gould, professor of cell and developmental biology,...

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Divvying up chromosomes

Dec. 15, 2011—Protein helps ensure proper division of chromosomes during cell division.

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Virus-linked cancer gets help from host

Dec. 15, 2011—Host cell protein may be a target for strategies to limit spread of virus-induced squamous cell cancers.

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Lung nodule surgery not always “futile”

Dec. 7, 2011—Even when lung operations for suspected cancer resection results in a benign diagnosis, there still may be significant benefits to the procedure, new research suggests.

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Pathway to colon cancer progression

Dec. 1, 2011—Molecular players involved in colon cancer progression could provide new biomarkers to indicate invasiveness and prognosis.

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Exercise fights fatty liver

Nov. 18, 2011—Fatty liver, a reversible condition of fat accumulation in liver cells, can result from excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, type 2 diabetes, or metabolic disorders. Exercise can reverse this process, but the mechanisms underlying this effect are not clear. Because exercise is known to stimulate the action of glucagon (a hormone that raises blood glucose levels)...

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Protein family key to aging linked to suppressing tumors

Oct. 28, 2011—The list of aging-associated proteins known to be involved in cancer is growing longer, according to research by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health.

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Stopping colitis, STAT

Oct. 27, 2011—Study suggests a new therapeutic target in ulcerative colitis.

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Growth factor boosts beta cells

Oct. 21, 2011—A growth factor may help grow transplantation-quality pancreas cells for treating diabetes.

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Diversity key in antibody repertoire

Oct. 7, 2011—Antibodies to the 2009 H1N1 influenza strain reveal new insights into how antibody diversity forms and functions, with possible implications for designing flu vaccines.

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