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Researchers develop antibodies to fight chikungunya virus
In late 2013 the Caribbean had its first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. Today there have been almost 1.2 million cases in 44 countries or territories, including 177 cases in 31 U.S. States.
Researchers discover how intestinal cells build nutrient-absorbing surface
The "brush border" – a densely packed array of finger-like projections called microvilli – covers the surfaces of the cells that line our intestines.
Ancient chemical bond may aid cancer therapy
A chemical bond discovered by Vanderbilt University scientists that is essential for animal life and which hastened the "dawn of the animal kingdom" could lead to new therapies for cancer and other diseases.
Frog-killing fungus paralyzes amphibian immune response
A fungus that is killing frogs and other amphibians around the world releases a toxic factor that disables the amphibian immune response, Vanderbilt University investigators report Oct. 18 in the journal Science.
Antibacterial protein's molecular workings revealed
(Phys.org)—On the front lines of our defenses against bacteria is the protein calprotectin, which "starves" invading pathogens of metal nutrients.
Structural biology scores with protein snapshot
In a landmark technical achievement, investigators in the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology have used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to determine the structure of the largest membrane-spanning protein to ...
Genetic 'hotspot' for breast cancer risk
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators have identified a new genetic hotspot for breast cancer.
New model for probing antidepressant actions
medicines such as Prozac, Lexapro and Paxil work by blocking the serotonin transporter, a brain protein that normally clears away the mood-regulating chemical serotonin. Or so the current thinking goes.
Potassium channel gene modifies risk for epilepsy
Vanderbilt University researchers have identified a new gene that can influence a person's risk for developing epilepsy. The findings, reported in the March 29 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve ...
Over-reactive immune system kills young adults during pandemic flu
On November 19, Jason Martin returned to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the first time since he nearly died there during last year's H1N1 flu pandemic. The tall and burly ...