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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Gene expression in mitral valve disease

Apr. 25, 2018—A protease gene family may be new targets for treating mitral valve disease, which causes blood to flow backwards in the heart.

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Toxin floats on lipid rafts

Apr. 23, 2018—The bacterium H. pylori is a leading cause of stomach cancer, and Vanderbilt researchers are studying how one of its toxins gets into cells.

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Disease-fighting antibody production

Apr. 20, 2018—New research links nutrient-responsive cellular signaling to the antibody-mediated immune response.

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MIT’s Orr-Weaver wraps up spring Discovery Lecture series April 26

Apr. 19, 2018—The spring Flexner Discovery Lecture series wraps up on Thursday, April 26, with a presentation by Terry Orr-Weaver, PhD, professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nobel laureate Kobilka’s talk explores receptor activation

Apr. 12, 2018—Brian Kobilka, MD, who received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), shared his team’s progress in understanding receptor activation — and how that might guide drug development — at last week’s Flexner Discovery Lecture.

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Aqueous humor, microRNAs and glaucoma

Apr. 10, 2018—New findings highlight microRNAs — molecules that regulate gene expression — that are differentially expressed in glaucoma and could be candidate biomarkers or targets for therapy.

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Study reveals frogs bouncing back in Panama

Apr. 5, 2018—A new study reports that some Central American frog species are recovering from a deadly fungal epidemic, perhaps because they have better defenses against the pathogen.

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Health information technology expert Tang set for Discovery Lecture

Apr. 5, 2018—Paul Tang, an expert in health information technology, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 12.

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Lung diseases share molecular signature

Apr. 5, 2018—Lung diseases of infancy and aging share a molecular signature, pointing to a potential target for treatment and prevention.

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Nobel laureate Kobilka set to deliver Flexner Discovery Lecture on April 5

Mar. 29, 2018—Brian Kobilka, MD, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on April 5.

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What protein is that?

Mar. 28, 2018—An improved technology enables high-throughput protein identification in imaging mass spectrometry, aiding proteomics research.

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Voluntary exercise and energy balance

Mar. 23, 2018—Non-exercise physical activity has a measurable energy expenditure, which goes down when animals engage in voluntary exercise, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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