Shulamit Michaeli and colleagues describe a pathway in T. brucei parasites that they named SLS (SL-RNA silencing). Triggering this pathway shuts down the synthesis of a crucial RNA molecule, which halts the production of messenger RNAs and leads to the parasite’s death.
Inducing SLS could therefore be a novel way to eradicate parasites and prevent sleeping sickness - trypanosomiasis. The researchers also believe this could have implications for related parasites and diseases, such as Leishmania and leishmaniasis and Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas disease.
Sleeping sickness affects humans and livestock, and is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa where it is estimated to affect as many as 70,000 people. Leishmaniasis is estimated to affect millions of individuals throughout the world, and can lead to skin lesions, tissue damage, fever, blindness and death.
Chagas disease affects 16-18 million people across the Americas, and can cause intestinal complications, neurological disorders, heart damage and death. Although drugs are available to treat these diseases, their use is hampered by toxicity and undesirable side effects, difficulties in administering treatment, an increase in drug resistance, and high costs.
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The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
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