Topic: Health and Medicine

Synthetic Molecule Makes Cancer Self-Destruct

Aug. 11, 2014

[caption id="attachment_47242" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Synthetic ion transporters can induce apoptosis by facilitating chloride anion transport into cells."]Synthetic ion transporters can induce apoptosis by facilitating chloride anion transport into cells.[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.

These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the way to new anticancer drugs while also benefiting patients with cystic fibrosis.

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New Molecule Has Potential to Help Treat Genetic Diseases and HIV

Feb. 10, 2012

Chemists at The University of Texas at Austin have created a molecule that's so good at tangling itself inside the double helix of a DNA sequence that it can stay there for up to 16 days before the DNA liberates itself, much longer than any other molecule reported.

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