The local newspaper “Diari de Girona” publishes an article about the discovery of a mechanism responsible for halting protein synthesis when cells are deprived of nutrients. This discovery has been made by researchers at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid and Salamanca and at IRB Barcelona.
Published in the journal eLife, the study paves the way to regulating cell growth and has clear implications for research into new treatments for cancer.
Research into a small group of passive stem cells (quiescent), which are activated when needed and have the capacity to produce any kind of intestinal cell, has received a special mention on the Health Institute website of the Carlos Slim Foundation.
Published in Cell Stem Cell and headed by Eduard Batlle at IRB Barcelona, the study identifies a group of quiescent stem cells of the intestine that are relevant for tissue regeneration and for their participation in tumour development.