Navigation Links
University of Alberta's designer compounds inhibit prion infection
Date:7/23/2012

(Edmonton) A team of University of Alberta researchers has identified a new class of compounds that inhibit the spread of prions, misfolded proteins in the brain that trigger lethal neurodegenerative diseases in humans and animals.

U of A chemistry researcher Frederick West and his team have developed compounds that clear prions from infected cells derived from the brain.

"When these designer molecules were put into infected cells in our lab experiments, the numbers of misfolded proteins diminishedand in some cases we couldn't detect any remaining misfolded prions," said West.

West and his collaborators at the U of A's Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases say this research is not yet a cure, but does open a doorway for developing treatments.

"We're not ready to inject these compounds in prion-infected cattle," said David Westaway, director of the prion centre. "These initial compounds weren't created for that end-run scenario but they have passed initial tests in a most promising manner."

West notes that the most promising experimental compounds at this stage are simply too big to be used therapeutically in humans or animals.

Human exposure to prion-triggered brain disorder is limited to rare cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob or mad cow disease. The researchers say the human form of mad cow disease shows up in one in a million people in industrialized nations, but investigating the disease is nonetheless well worth the time and expense.

"There is a strong likelihood that prion diseases operate in a similar way to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, which are distressingly common around the world," said West.
'/>"/>

Contact: Brian Murphy
brian.murphy@ualberta.ca
780-492-6041
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. University of Tennessee Space Institute researchers develop laser technology to fight cancer
2. University of Tennessee professor wins worlds top prize for ecology, environmental science
3. Carnegie Mellon Universitys Biometrics Center Selected To House New Pedo-Biometrics Research and Identity Automation Lab
4. Wayne State University researchers program targets safer river fishing, anglers health
5. Winemaking goes high-tech at the University of British Columbia
6. University of Miami-led study finds winds played important role in keeping oil away from S. Fla.
7. New York University scientists discover possible treatment to reduce scarring
8. Royal Astronomical Society and Oxford University Press partnership announced
9. Mainz University coordinates new EU project on the origins of human settlement
10. University of Tennessee professor receives funding for clean coal research
11. University of North Texas Health Science Center Advances Forensic Research by Investing in Semiconductor DNA Sequencing Technology
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/16/2014)... Cancer constantly wages war on the human body. ... a stalemate. In pancreatic cancer, this stalemate—known as ... becoming aggressively malignant, a phenomena that is poorly ... in the laboratory of Salvatore Torquato, a Professor ... the conditions surrounding tumor dormancy and the switch ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... efficiently, they are anything but sustainable: environmental damage ... is becoming increasingly evident. Despite their disadvantages, however, ... regarded as the sole possibility of achieving higher ... Bernhard Schmid, an ecology professor at the University ... agriculture and forestry. After all, a new study ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... , Oct. 15, 2014 Sandata ... for home and community-based care, today announced it ... implementing Sandata,s Santrax® Electronic Visit Verification™ Solution (EVV™) ... is a home health company founded in 1996 ... . The study details ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Modeling tumor dormancy 2Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 2Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 3Sandata Announces Case Study with Quality Care Services, Inc. 2
... Seattle Rice which provides nearly half the daily ... climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds ... just-published U.S. Geological Survey-led research shows. In an ... to climatic scourges such as tsunamis and tidal surges that ...
... 2011) Hospitals struggle to prevent the infections ... surgery and other conditions. Hospital-acquired infections are often ... deaths and more than $30 billion in additional ... developed to combat these infections, but resistance invariably ...
... NEW ... a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the ... study. , The discovery gives hope to the world,s most elusive ... mountains. Between 4,500 and 7,500 snow leopards remain in the wild ...
Cached Biology News:Climate adaptation of rice 2Climate adaptation of rice 3Research provides insight into new drug resistance in hospital microbes 2Snow leopard population discovered in Afghanistan 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... October 22, 2014 Physicians Choice ... cardiovascular pharmacogenetics menu, which enables healthcare providers to ... With PCLS’s evidence-based results, healthcare providers are better ... their therapy, while minimizing risks for adverse drug ... according to the FDA [1] more than 2.2 ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... -- Research and Markets  has announced the addition ... Application, Geography - Global Analysis and Forecast (2014 - ... Organic electronics, also called as polymer electronics or plastic ... with small conductive molecules and electrically conductive polymers. It ... are carbon based, made using synthetic strategies developed in ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... PARK, Calif. , Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... today that the Company has signed a Notice ... of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), effective October 1, 2014.  ... Clinical Development payments and the release of additional ... million CIRM grant award for clinical development of ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... October 20, 2014 OncLive® ... Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University has ... Through the Strategic Alliance Partnership program, the Sidney ... collaborate to raise awareness of the Center’s cutting-edge ... other projects. Clinicians and other health care professionals ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PCLS Announces Expansion of Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetic Testing Menu 2PCLS Announces Expansion of Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetic Testing Menu 3Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 2Global Organic Electronics (Semiconductor, Conductive, Dielectric and Substrate) Market - Analysis and Forecast (2014 - 2020) 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 2Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 4Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 2Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Partners With OncLive 3
... HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 17 Prometheus Research, a leading ... been awarded a $136,500 National Science Foundation grant to ... be installed and configured at low cost, with minimal ... Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the grant to Prometheus Research ...
... N.J., Dec. 17 Osteotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTE ), ... regenerative healing, announced today that it has submitted a 510(k) ... to obtain marketing clearance for the use of its Duratech(TM) ... outermost membrane surrounding the brain) in various cranial surgical procedures. ...
... , ... continued to rise the U.S. in November, even as the overall unemployment rate edged down ... ... was a relatively good month for pharmaceutical job losses - which is to ...
Cached Biology Technology:Prometheus Research Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Easy to Use, Web-Enabled Database Software 2Prometheus Research Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Easy to Use, Web-Enabled Database Software 3Osteotech Submits 510(k) Application to FDA for Clearance of its Duratech(TM) BioRegeneration Matrix 2Osteotech Submits 510(k) Application to FDA for Clearance of its Duratech(TM) BioRegeneration Matrix 3The MedZilla Report for November 2009 - Healthcare Employment Up, And No Major Bad News for Pharma, Either 2The MedZilla Report for November 2009 - Healthcare Employment Up, And No Major Bad News for Pharma, Either 3
... Staining Kit is uniquely formulated to ... minimal protein modification for optimal mass ... associated with traditional silver stains are ... the reagents used do not modify ...
... formuatled for the growth of insect ... cells. Grace's Insect Mediu, Unsupplemented is ... not contain lactalbumin hydrosylate, and yeastolate, ... Insect Medium, Supplemented is formulated for ...
D.R. Harper and C. Grose (1994) • Includes: virus structure & replication, fundamental virology, immunology and pathogenesis, vaccines and antiviral drugs, novel diagnostic techniques, cloning a...
...
Biology Products: