BioCentury | Aug 8, 2019
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A cool menthol switch for gene expression

ETH Zurich researchers have created a synthetic gene circuit activated by topical menthol to switch on gene expression and protein production in engineered cells. In a July Nature Medicine paper , the team used the circuit...
BioCentury | Aug 8, 2019
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Engineered cells with a synthetic gene switch for diabetes

DISEASE CATEGORY: Endocrine/Metabolic INDICATION: Diabetes Engineered cells with a synthetic gene circuit could treat diabetes. The system comprises implanted HEK cells encoding a synthetic calcium-responsive promoter and the insulin gene. In Type I diabetic mice,...
BioCentury | Jun 28, 2018
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Synchronous signaling

As researchers explore next-generation CARs in cancer, one strategy is to tinker with the receptors’ modular components. A Science Signaling paper suggests that altering the number of ITAM repeats in the intracellular domains of a...
BioCentury | Feb 1, 2018
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New Therapeutic Targets and Biomarkers: January 2018

...could help treat obesity-related insulin resistance. Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research Distillery Therapeutics Diabetes Nuclear factor of activated T cells 5...
BioCentury | Jan 23, 2018
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Endocrine / Metabolic

...mir-181a or NFAT5 prevents progression to Type I diabetes in animal models. TARGET/MARKER/PATHWAY: MicroRNA-181a (miR-181a); nuclear factor of activated T cells 5...
...Daniel, Helmholtz Diabetes Center at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany email: carolin.daniel@helmholtz-muenchen.de Hongjiang Li Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen MicroRNA-181a (miR-181a) Nuclear factor of activated T cells 5...
BioCentury | Jun 30, 2016
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Therapeutics: Nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic calcineurin-dependent 1 (NFATc1); interleukin-10 (IL-10)

Autoimmune disease INDICATION: Psoriasis Mouse studies suggest inhibiting NFATc1 could help treat psoriasis. In a mouse model of psoriasis, knockout of NFATc1 in B cells increased IL-10 production in the spleen, decreased the number of...
BioCentury | Apr 14, 2016
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Therapeutics: Nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic calcineurin-dependent 3 (NFATc3; NFAT4); protein phosphatase 3 regulatory subunit B α (PPP3R1)

Cancer INDICATION: Colorectal cancer Patient sample and mouse studies suggest inhibiting NFATc3 or PPP3R1 could help treat colorectal cancer (CRC). In CRC patients, NFATc3 nuclear activity in tumor cells correlated with poor survival and NFATc3...
BioCentury | Feb 18, 2016
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Therapeutics: Nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic calcineurin-dependent 3 (NFATc3; NFAT4)

Inflammation INDICATION: Shock / trauma Rat studies suggest inhibiting NFATc3 could help treat traumatic brain injury (TBI). In a rat model of TBI, NFATc3 and astrocytes co-localized in the hippocampus seven days post-injury. In hippocampal...
BioCentury | May 21, 2015
Targets & Mechanisms

Intersection in marrow

An unlikely connection between Gaucher's disease and multiple myeloma has been uncovered by a U.K. group that found a common node in the pathways responsible for the bone disease symptoms that accompany both diseases. Suppression...
BioCentury | May 8, 2014
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Indication: Cancer

Indication Target/marker/pathway Summary Licensing status Publication and contact information Cancer Pancreatic cancer Nuclear factor of activated T cells cytoplasmic calcineurin-dependent 1 (NFATc1) In vitro and mouse studies suggest inhibiting NFATc1 could help treat pancreatic cancers....
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