Monthly Archives: September 2016

Scientists reveal how signals from pathogenic bacteria reach danger sensors of cells

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists show that IRGB10, an essential protein induced by the signaling protein interferon, is needed to activate danger-sensing proteins in the cytoplasm… …read more

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New insights into how drug-resistant bacteria build their defences

Improved understanding of the way in which hundreds of different types of disease-causing bacteria operate could help pave the way to tackling their effects, according to leading scientists. …read more

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Mix and match microbes to make probiotics last

Scientists have tried to alter the human gut microbiota to improve health by introducing beneficial probiotic bacteria. Yet commercially available probiotics do not establish themselves in the gut. …read more

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Zika infects neural cells related to skull formation, affecting their function

Cranial neural crest cells – which give rise to the bones and cartilage of the skull – are vulnerable to Zika virus, report Stanford University School of Medicine researchers in Cell Host & Microbe. …read more

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New receptors point to targets for C. difficile infections

A family of receptors that enable disease-causing toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium difficile to enter host cells in mice is identified in a study published in Nature this week. …read more

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