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Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to fund studies on lncRNA

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The California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program has awarded $1.8 million in grants and fellowships to UCSC biomedical researchers Biomedical researchers at UC Santa Cruz have won major funding to investigate lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, which is supported by the state tax on cigarettes. The awards include a $550,000 grant ...

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Decoding critical long non-coding RNA in ovarian cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy in the United States, resulting in an estimated 14,100 deaths and 22,500 new cases in 2017 alone. This high mortality is primarily caused by resistance to therapy and the diagnosis of ovarian cancer after it has already metastasized, which occurs in approximately 80 percent of patients. A new study from Sidney Kimmel ...

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Tel Aviv University researchers ID lncRNAs in the auditory system, take step toward curing deafness

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A new Tel Aviv University study solves a critical piece of the puzzle of human deafness by identifying the first group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the auditory system. “The research on long non-coding RNAs is crucial to understanding how gene expression and regulatory elements influence the auditory system,” says Prof. Karen Avraham, Vice Dean of TAU’s Sackler Faculty ...

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lnRNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate professor, Dallas. The research is published in the journal Plant ...

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Long, mysterious strips of RNA contribute to low sperm count

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Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found distinctive portions of genetic material–known as lncRNAs–that help sperm develop. Male mice lacking a particular lncRNA have low sperm count, suggesting lncRNAs could represent novel infertility drug targets. “Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States, with the vast majority of cases due to unknown ...

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MUSC researchers show how long non-coding RNA promotes tumor formation

A mechanism that pushes a certain gene to produce a non-coding form of RNA instead of its protein-coding alternative can promote the growth of cancer, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in an article published online ahead of print on August 21, 2017 by Nature Cell Biology. The non-coding RNA soaks up a microRNA that prevents epithelial-to-mesenchymal ...

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Researchers Show Curcumin Protects Against Chemoresistant Pancreatic Cancer Through lncRNA

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Curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, but a new study by researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute reveals an additional benefit: its potential to overcome chemoresistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a common but aggressive form of cancer in the pancreas. The study, “Curcumin sensitizes pancreatic cancer cells to gemcitabine by attenuating PRC2 subunit ...

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lncRNA researcher at Stanford Medicine named Outstanding Investigator by the National Cancer Institute

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The National Cancer Institute has named professor of dermatology HOWARD CHANG, MD as a recipient of the institute’s Outstanding Investigator Awards for 2016. Howard Chang The awards provide funding to investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research. Recipients receive up to $600,000 each year for seven years to pursue or extend research projects of unusual potential. “This is a ...

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Targeting lncRNA to reduce heart failure in pulmonary hypertension

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An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine identifies a new signaling pathway that promotes heart failure in pulmonary hypertension.  The study, led by Dr. Matthias Brock, from the Division of Pulmonology, University Hospital of Zurich, University of Zurich in Switzerland, reports that inhibition of MALAT1, a long noncoding RNA, reduces heart hypertrophy in mice with pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension ...

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