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Achilles’ heel for kidney cancer

Feb. 28, 2019—The discovery that kidney cells with mutations in a certain gene are sensitive to therapies called PI3K inhibitors opens new opportunities for applying precision medicine to cancer treatment.

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Novel DNA repair mechanism preserves genome integrity: study

Feb. 28, 2019—Biochemistry investigators at Vanderbilt have discovered a new DNA repair mechanism that prevents gene mutations during DNA replication.

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The yin and yang of cell signaling

Feb. 14, 2019—Larry Marnett and colleagues have explored the role of two enzymes in metabolizing molecules associated with cell proliferation, inflammatory processes and neurological diseases.

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Modulating stress circuits

Feb. 14, 2019—Danny Winder and colleagues demonstrate an interaction between two signaling pathways — and its impact on the activity of neurons that respond to stress.

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Adhesion protein optimizes border

Feb. 14, 2019—Matthew Tyska and colleagues have found that an adhesion protein plays a key role in building the intestinal brush border that is essential for absorbing nutrients.

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New target for chronic kidney disease

Jan. 31, 2019—Preventing the formation of secretory structures that promote scarring in the kidney could offer new therapeutic options for a disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Cell death pathway implicated in bone marrow failure

Jan. 31, 2019—Vanderbilt investigators have linked a specific form of programmed cell death to myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of bone marrow failure.

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Signals from the “conveyor belt”

Jan. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers propose that cellular signaling pathways are amplified by a “conveyor belt” mechanism that exchanges active and inactive enzymes.

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DNA’s on/off switch

Jan. 17, 2019—DNA-binding “switches” represent a fundamentally new method of communication between DNA-processing enzymes, Vanderbilt researchers propose.

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Building a pancreas

Jan. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt investigators are defining the genetic programs that control the development of pancreatic beta cells — studies that could inform new cellular or regenerative therapies for diabetes.

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Lean vs. obese adipose tissue cells

Dec. 13, 2018—A greater understanding of the mechanisms and cell types involved in returning adipose (fatty) tissue to the lean state may lead to more effective treatments for obesity.

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Breast cancer-killing RIG

Dec. 13, 2018—A compound that activates a virus-sensing receptor has potent therapeutic effects in a mouse model of breast cancer.

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