Tag Archives: INFECTIOUS/EMERGING DISEASES

Gut cells are gatekeepers of infectious brain diseases, study finds

Fresh insights into infectious brain conditions help to explain why some people – and animals – are more at risk than others. The study reveals how prion diseases – which include variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in people and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cows – can infect the gut if contaminated meat has been eaten. Specialised cells called M cells ...

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Mystery molecule is a key to inhibiting colon cancer

Immunologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have discovered that a protein called NLRC3 plays a central role in inhibiting colon cells from becoming cancerous. The study, led by Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, Ph.D., a member of the St. Jude Department of Immunology, appears online today in the journal Nature. Researchers found that deleting the protective NLRC3 protein exacerbates colon cancer development. They ...

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