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Biochemistry

Cancer-Causing Agent in Cigarette Smoke Blocks Key Protein in Cells

Researchers have uncovered new evidence of a cancer-causing agent present in the gaseous phase of cigarette smoke that inhibits Na,K-ATPase, the sodium-potassium pump essential for the healthy, physiological functioning of cells. More...
17 Apr 2012

“Live” Cyberplasm Microbot Designed for Disease Detection

A “living” prototype microbot is under development that could someday identify diseases in humans. More...
11 Apr 2012

Oral Vitamin D Shown to Reduce Levels of Prostate Cancer Proliferation Marker, Increase Cancer Growth Suppression MicroRNAs

In a new study, high oral doses of plain vitamin D raised levels of calcitriol in prostate tissue. More...
10 Apr 2012

Why Does Inhaling Anesthetics Cause Unconsciousness?

A new study suggests that the answer to this age-old question may lie in the effect of anesthesia on the organization of lipids in the cell's outer membrane, potentially altering the ability to send signals along nerve cells. More...
04 Apr 2012

Circadian Variation Linked to Mechanism Underlying Sudden Cardiac Death

A molecular mechanism involved in regulating diurnal variation of potassium electrical currents in heart cells has now been directly linked to abnormal cardiac repolarization and susceptibility to arrhythmogenesis. More...
27 Mar 2012

Modified Osteoporosis Drugs Kill Malaria Parasite in Mice

Chemical modification of the bone-resorption bisphosphonate drugs zoledronate and risedronate enables effective targeting of the elusive intraerythrocytic form of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. More...
20 Mar 2012

Maintaining Brain Sugar Levels May Be Key to Alzheimer’s Prevention

Preventing or slowing the development of Alzheimer’s disease may be as easy as making sure a brain protein’s sugar levels are maintained. More...
13 Mar 2012


The Biochemistry channel of BioResearch covers the chemical process of biomolecules and biochemical processes from enzyme-catalyzed reactions to signal transduction, from the biochemistry of cell metabolism down to cell-membrane transport.
 
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