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  • Plan B for Cholesterol Transport

    Cholesterol is a vital cell building block in humans and animals, and an integral part of the so-called cell membrane. This boundary layer separates the interior of the cell from the neighbouring cells and the surrounding environment. By means of certain proteins, it ensures that various chemical me more

  • How “good cholesterol” gets to do even more good work

    In order for a tumour to grow, it needs cholesterol to build new cell walls. At the same time, the so-called “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is regarded as a protective factor against cancer. Schrödinger fellow Raimund Bauer investigated the effect of HDL on tumours more closely more

  • How a small molecule promotes removal of excess cholesterol

    Scientists have determined the structure of the activated form of an enzyme that helps to return excess cholesterol to the liver. The research reveals how a drug-like chemical stimulates the action of the lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) enzyme. It also suggests that future drugs using th more

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A Guide to the Different Types of Fat

Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes more

The Chemistry of Eggs & Egg Shells

As the chemistry of chocolate is a topic that’s been pretty much exhausted on the site (see here, here, here, here, and here), for the Easter weekend we’re instead homing in on the ‘egg’ side of Easter Eggs. For such a simple staple of the kitchen, the chemistry of eggs is surprisingly complex. Here more

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Cholesterol

Cholesterol Cholesterol is a lipid found in the cell membrane s of all tissues, and it is transported in the blood plasma of all animal s. Cholesterol is also considered a sterol (a combination steroid and alcohol ). Because cholesterol is ... more

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