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One step closer: Membrane protein structure expressed in Lyme disease could offer therapeutic target

November 26, 2019

Stories of those afflicted with Lyme disease abound and cases appear to be on the rise. Yet few are aware of the symptoms, severity or cause of this disease, which is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Lyme disease, which is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete bacteria, is transmitted from ticks to humans. It represents the most common vector-borne illness in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the United States alone, there are 300,000 cases annually. As the number of cases...

Better vaccines through innovative DNA immunization

February 27, 2018

Proteins are central players in life processes and are among the most versatile and essential biomolecules. Structural proteins help build and repair tissue, including bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood. Enzyme proteins are essential to many chemical reactions, while antibodies—responsible for immune defenses against disease—consist of Y-shaped proteins produced by B cells. Other proteins subtly regulate the expression of genes and perform many other vital tasks. Adorning the...

Study investigates new weapons against African swine fever

February 21, 2018

African swine fever is a highly contagious, viral infection affecting pigs. It has devastated domestic herds in many regions and brought economic hardship. The rapid spread of this disease has become a serious concern to wildlife biologists and veterinarians. No adequate vaccine exists to protect against African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV), the cause of this ailment, and efforts to arrest the spread of ASFV have been largely ineffective. In a new study, researchers from Arizona State...

Biodesign C will help advance scientific frontiers

October 12, 2016

Arizona State University’s newest research building will be packed with the most advanced construction and technological gear of today. The science that goes on inside will find answers that benefit society every day after. Researchers will tackle the early detection and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, speed up drug discovery and explore new avenues in renewable energy. The third building in ASU’s Biodesign Institute complex, Biodesign C on the Tempe campus, will serve as home...

Simpler technique yields antibodies to a range of infectious agents

February 24, 2016

Researchers hope to develop vaccines, therapeutics and new diagnostic tests for a broad range of diseases. To accomplish this, they will need to gain a much better understanding of a critical class of biological components. Known as surface membrane proteins, these vital ingredients in the disease process form a structurally and functionally diverse assemblage of enormous complexity. In a new study, Debra Hansen, a research professor at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute,...