Topic: Jonathan Sessler

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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Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way to New High-Powered Organic Batteries

Sept. 15, 2010

The development of new organic batteries -- lightweight energy storage devices that work without the need for toxic heavy metals -- has a brighter future now that chemists have discovered a new way to pass electrons back and forth between two molecules.

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In the Know

July 19, 2010
In the Know

The July 19 weekly roundup of campus kudos and press mentions.

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Researchers to Further Cancer Research with $3.3 Million in Grants

July 1, 2010

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to train a new generation of cancer researchers and study processes related to cancer cell growth and death.

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Hoping to save lives, researchers seek new methods to stop bombs before they explode

March 31, 2008