Julie Mathieu (left)

Proteins that control energy use necessary to form stem cells

March 21, 2014 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , , ,

Findings advance efforts to reprogram mature cells for organ repair Two proteins that control how cells break down glucose play a key role in forming human stem cells, University of Washington researchers have found. The finding has implications for future work in both regenerative medicine and cancer therapy. A report on this research appears online March 20 […] Read More

Laboratory fruit flies are used for quick screening of candidate drug treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Burnt sugar-derivative reduces muscle wasting in fly and mouse models of muscular dystrophy

August 1, 2013 | Categories: Research | Tagged: , , , ,

A trace substance in caramelized sugar, when purified and given in appropriate doses, improves muscle regeneration in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The findings are published Thursday (Aug. 1) in the journal Skeletal Muscle. Morayma Reyes, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Hannele Ruohola-Baker, professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Institute […] Read More

A colony of human embryonic stem cells.

Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in a cancer-like way upon implanting in the uterus

March 23, 2012 | Categories: Research | Tagged: ,

March 23, 2012 Shortly after a mouse embryo starts to form, some of its stem cells undergo a dramatic metabolic shift to enter the next stage of development, Seattle researchers report today. These stem cells start using and producing energy like cancer cells. This discovery is published today in EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organization journal. […] Read More