Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

Dragon fruit-like multifunctional probe for cancer precision theranostics

Along with the rapid rhythm of human lives, more and more fatal diseases have been surprisingly invading public health. Health is the greatest wealth, health is not equal to everything, but lose health will lose everything. Aside

Fighting (for iron) to survive: therapeutic avenues for aspergillus fumigatus infections

Aspergillus fumigatus (Af), a common fungus, frequently infects the lungs of patients with compromised immune systems. Despite progress in developing anti-fungal agents, Af infections still cause a significant number of deaths, making new treatment options necessary to

The TMPRSS2-ERG fusion gene radiosensitizes to PARP inhibition by blocking DNA repair

Radiotherapy, which is used widely in the clinic, produces DNA damage that leads to DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). The effectiveness of radiotherapy is augmented when the DNA repair is impaired. TMPRSS2-ERG is a unique fusion gene that

Sandwiches to better understand cells

The human body is formed by complex organ systems. These organ systems are moreover composed by cells of different types that have to co-operate in order to make the body work properly. This is the reason why

Mitochondrial ROS and cancer drug resistance

The repetitive and continuous circle of resistance to anti-cancer agents was a primary focus of the above-titled articles recently published in Pharmacological Research. Gaining a basic understanding of why so many (possibly all) drugs currently available against

The First Fe-based sodium-ion cathode with two distinct type of polyanions

The current lithium-ion battery technology finds wide applications, powering cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. In 1991, Sony announced the first-generation of commercial Li-ion batteries, which composed of LiCoO2 cathode and graphite anode. Such cells have the

“Metal cats”: on the presence of chemical elements in feline reproductive system

Our cats may have their own ways but they still have a lot in common with humans. For example they suffer from similar diseases: diabetes mellitus, overactive thyroid or Alzheimers. However, most importantly, they often inhabit nearly

What, why, how? Everyday sunscreen protection

The electromagnetic radiation which reaches the Earth from the Sun has an extensive impact on life. Very high energy components of the solar spectrum, gamma rays and X-rays for example, are reflected by Earth’s upper atmosphere, protecting

Breast cancer cells change and adapt during disease progression

A diagnosis of breast cancer usually includes characterisation of the breast cancer cells: determining if the tumour cells have hormone receptors and other proteins which will help to decide the best treatment options for the patient. This