Environmental chemical blocks cell function
Bisphenol A, a substance found in many synthetic products, is considered to be harmful, particularly, for fetuses and babies. Researchers from the University of Bonn have now shown in experiments on cells from human and mouse tissue that this environmental chemical blocks calcium channels i ... more
New strategy for peptide engineering
Scientists in Germany have engineered peptide domains with altered substrate specificities, which lead the way for designer templates to make new bioactive products.
The group have studied hormaomycin, a structurally unusual antibiotic peptide, which is biosynthesized by a bacterial nonribo ... more
Study shows link between influenza virus and fever
Viruses are microscopically sized parasites. They plant their genes in the cells of their victim in order to 'reprogram' them. The infected cells then no longer produce what they need to live, making lots of new viruses instead.
Luckily, in most cases this hostile takeover does not go unn ... more