Microrobots mobility and ionic strenght: theory and experiments reveal their relationship

by IBEC - Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

The group of ICREA Professor Samuel Sánchez at IBEC leads a work revealing that the self-propelled movement of microrobots depends on the amount of salts, called ionic strength, present in the liquid...

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When feeling the pinch, nuclei instigate cells to escape crowded spaces

by Centre for Genomic Regulation

The threat of serious deformation triggers a rapid escape reflex that enables cells to move away and squeeze out of tight spaces or crowded tissues.

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Igniting the synthetic transport of amino acids in living cells

by IRB Barcelona - Instituto de Investigación Biomédica

Diseases that stem from or are affected by defective amino acid transport, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis or neurodegenerative conditions, may benefit from advances in this field. The work, a coll...

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Recombination suppression in heterozygotes for a pericentric inversion induces the interchromosomal effect on crossovers in Arabidopsis

by Sequentia Biotech SL

During meiosis, recombination ensures allelic exchanges through crossovers (COs) between the homologous chromosomes. Advances in our understanding of the rules of COs have come from studies of mutatio...

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Improving European healthcare through cell-based interceptive medicine

by Centre for Genomic Regulation

Cells isolated from tissue are channeled into miniature chips for processing of individual cells. © Felix Petermann, MDC/LifeTime

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Nanoscale cellular adhesion is a key factor for cartilage production in vitro

by IBEC - Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) develop a methodology based on nanopatterned structures which improves the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into cartilage...

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Human body mostly composed of just five major groups of cell

by Centre for Genomic Regulation

Scientists around the world have today published the results of the third phase of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) in Nature. The international consortium of approximately 500 scientists con...

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Cell membranes change the structure of water at least twice as far as expected

by Universitat de Barcelona

Water provides the driving force for the assembly and stability of many cellular components. It is not a passive solvent for biological molecules, but an active component, which drives the organizatio...

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News IQAC-CSIC researchers describe the mechanism of formation of a potent antioxidant molecule in cells

by CSIC - Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

A study performed by researchers from the Institute for Adv​anced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) from the Spanish Natio​nal Research Council (CSIC) in collaboration with Tsinghua Univ​ersity at B...

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Artificial systems imitate how cells move and communicate

by IBEC - Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

A review published in the scientific journal Small elegantly summarises the most important cellular biomimicry research of the past few years on synthetic soft-architectures, with a view to inspiring ...

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New pathway to attack tumor cells identified

by CSIC - Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

A study led by researchers from the Institut de Neurociències (INc-UAB), in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC-CSIC), describes a new mechanism by which the an...

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Direct reprogramming of skin cells into photoreceptors in mice

by DBGen Ocular Genomics

The end result of many retinal dystrophies is photoreceptor cell death and the irreversible loss of vision. To prevent the progressive loss of retinal neurons, and to slow down or reverse the progress...

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