Protein uses two antiviral strategies to ward off infections

August 11, 2020 0

Category: Cell & Microbiology Molecular & Computational biology Summary: To protect humans against infection, a protein called MARCH8 tags the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) for destruction while it merely holds HIV hostage, a new study in eLife shows. Source: Cell Biology and Microbiology News – Biology news, Microbiology Read More

Flavonoids’ presence in sorghum roots may lead to frost-resistant crop

August 11, 2020 0

Category: Plants & Animals Cell & Microbiology Summary: Flavonoid compounds—produced by the roots of some sorghum plants—positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers. Source: Cell Biology and […]

Previously undescribed lineage of Archaea illuminates microbial evolution

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Evolution Cell & Microbiology Summary: In a publication in Nature Communications last Friday, NIOZ scientists Nina Dombrowski and Anja Spang and their collaboration partners describe a previously unknown phylum of aquatic Archaea that are likely dependent on partner organisms for growth while potentially being able to conserve some energy […]

Imaging method highlights new role for cellular ‘skeleton’ protein

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Cell & Microbiology Molecular & Computational biology Summary: While your skeleton helps your body to move, fine skeleton-like filaments within your cells likewise help cellular structures to move. Now, Salk researchers have developed a new imaging method that lets them monitor a small subset of these filaments, called actin. […]

Multi-species bacterial communities bounce back from environmental disturbances

August 10, 2020 0

Category: Ecology Cell & Microbiology Summary: Scientists from Finland and Germany used bacteria as an example to study how communities consisting of several species respond to disturbances in their laboratory environment. Similar kinds of perturbations can occur in the human gut when antibiotic medication is applied, resulting, for example, in […]