Bedtime protein for bigger gains? Here’s the scoop

Bedtime protein for bigger gains? Here’s the scoop Downing a casein shake just before sleep increases muscle mass and strength gains from resistance training, without ‘making you fat’ — but is the effect any different to your regular post-workout protein supplement. Tim Snijders, Jorn Trommelen, Imre W. K. Kouw, Andrew M. Holwerda, Lex B. Verdijk,…

The symphony of life, revealed

  A new imaging technique captures the vibrations of proteins, tiny motions critical to human life              IMAGE:   Using a new imaging technique they developed, scientists have managed to observe and document the vibrations of lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in many animals. This graphic visualizes the vibrations… Click here for more information.…

Coming to your local supermarket soon: Chicken à la maggots

  Tom Bawden Wednesday, 29 May 2013 “Our chicken, pork and fish dishes are fed only the finest protein-rich maggots that have been reared on a diet of cow and pig excrement, washed down with a wee dram of whisky.” For some, this kind of menu-boast would reflect the perfect scientific solution to the growing…

Scripps Research Institute scientists describe elusive replication machinery of flu viruses

Contact: Jann Coury jcoury@scripps.edu 858-784-8245 Scripps Research Institute IMAGE:The new Scripps Research Institute study shows flu virus proteins in the act of self-replication. Shown here is the influenza virus, which encapsidates its RNA genome (green) with a viral… Click here for more information.  LA JOLLA, CA – November 22, 2012 – Scientists at The Scripps…

Selenium may slow march of AIDS

2008 study posted for filing Contact: Amitabh Avasthi axa47@psu.edu 814-865-9481 Penn State Increasing the production of naturally occurring proteins that contain selenium in human blood cells slows down multiplication of the AIDS virus, according to biochemists. “We have found that increasing the expression of proteins that contain selenium negatively affects the replication of HIV,” said…

Nanosciences: All Systems Go at the Biofactory: Should furnish a way to develop, construct and utilize designer nanomachines

In order to assemble novel biomolecular machines, individual protein molecules must be installed at their site of operation with nanometer precision. LMU researchers have now found a way to do just that. Green light on protein assembly! (Credit: Image courtesy of LMU) ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2012) — In order to assemble novel biomolecular machines, individual…

Researchers Map Molecular Details That Encourage H1N1 Transmission To Humans

The 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus appears to have required certain mutations in order to be transmitted to humans, according to a paper in the September Journal of Virology. The research could prove extremely valuable for efforts to predict human outbreaks. The 2009 influenza pandemic was caused by a swine influenza virus that mutated in…

Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life: “spreaders of information,” Required for Life

Public release date: 13-Sep-2012 [ Contact: Diana Yates diya@illinois.edu 217-333-5802 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IMAGE:Giant viruses should be included reconstructions of the tree of life, researchers report in a new study. The mimivirus, shown here (small black hexagons) infecting an amoeba, is as big… Click here for more information. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new…

DEAD-box proteins function as recycling nanopistons when unwinding RNA: May be incorporated into artificial nanomachines

Contact: Daniel Oppenheimer daniel.oppenheimer@utexas.edu 512-745-3353 University of Texas at Austin Ancient enzymes function like nanopistons to unwind RNA AUSTIN, Texas—Molecular biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have solved one of the mysteries of how double-stranded RNA is remodeled inside cells in both their normal and disease states. The discovery may have implications for…

Scientists discover one of the ways the influenza virus disarms host cells

Contact: Megan Fellman fellman@northwestern.edu 847-491-3115 Northwestern University Advantage flu virus When you are hit with the flu, you know it immediately — fever, chills, sore throat, aching muscles, fatigue. This is your body mounting an immune response to the invading virus. But less is known about what is happening on the molecular level. Now Northwestern…