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<p>Staining of mouse liver sections showing steatosis of the liver (fatty liver), with accumulation of fat, lipid droplets (in red), within cells. Cell nuclei stain blue (C. Maíllo, IRB Barcelona).</p>
17 Jan 2017

It is a disease of the liver caused by excessive fat deposits in liver cells.

It is now the most prevalent chronic liver disease in industrialised countries and is a major public health concern because it leads to serious liver conditions.

 

<p>Examples of computationally designed proteins made of curved beta-sheets and helices forming cavities with different sizes and shapes (E.Marcos, IRB Barcelona-UW)</p>
13 Jan 2017

The international team achieved it by discovering the rules behind a type of protein structures that are essential for the interaction between proteins and small molecules

IRB Barcelona researcher, Enrique Marcos, is the first author of the study published today in Science

<p>Ectopic wings upon ectopic activation of JAK/STAT (Carles Recasens-Alvarez and Ana Ferreira, IRB Barcelona)</p>
9 Jan 2017

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila.

Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.

<p>Despite the expanding repertoire of new anti-cancer agents, treatment failure remains a major challenge in the management of most advanced solid tumours, including breast cancer.</p>
20 Dec 2016

A bioinformatics analysis of pairing 64 drugs used to treat breast cancer allows researchers at IRB Barcelona to identify 10 previously untested combinations with potential to tackle resistance to breast cancer treatment.

In spite of the many drugs available to treat breast cancer, resistance continues to be a problem.

<p>Iproteos is currently performing the regulatory preclinical phase of its drug candidate for CIAS treatment.</p>
19 Dec 2016

Compound IPR19, a drug to stop the progression and reverse the cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia.

<p>Group leader Salvador Aznar Benitah and first author Gloria Pascual in the Stem Cells and Cancer lab at the IRB Barcelona (M. Minocri, IRB Barcelona)</p>
7 Dec 2016

A study at IRB Barcelona has identified the cells responsible for initiating and promoting metastasis in several types of human tumours.

Their results show that the protein CD36, which absorbs fat from the cell membrane, is an essential factor that determines whether tumour cells become metastatic.

In the absence of CD36, the human tumours analysed did not develop metastasis. In addition, the inhibition of this protein also dramatically reduced the size of existing metastases.

Mice given a high-fat diet developed the most aggressive metastases. The study reports that the metastatic process is enhanced by fat intake.

IRB Barcelona will co-develop antibodies against CD36 with the potential to treat patients.

<p>CPEB4 liquid-like droplets in the cell cytoplasm (J. Guillén-Boixet, IRB Barcelona)</p>
21 Nov 2016

A study at IRB Barcelona sheds light on the dynamics of protein aggregates that behave like “droplets of oil in water” and that are described as membraneless cytoplasmic organelles.

These organelles regulate protein activity during cell division.

This is the first study at the Institute to address the so-called liquid-like droplets, which are attracting the attention of researchers worldwide.

<p>Highly ramificated tracheal cell of a Drosophila larvae marked with GFP. (Delia Ricolo)</p>
29 Sep 2016

Researchers working with flies at IRB Barcelona describe that the concentration of some small intracellular organelles determines the branching capacity of tracheal cells.

Tracheal cells are analogous to the cells that form blood vessels in the human body. The inhibition or stimulation of new blood vessels has implications in cancer and in tissue regeneration.

<p>Organisation of the tracheal systems in Drosophila (A) and Tribolium (B)</p>
20 Sep 2016

Changes in the regulation of two genes explain how the Drosophila respiratory system evolved from a primitive to a more developed state

Published in Development

<p>Beta amyloid protein and AD are strongly linked but the role of this protein in this disease remains elusive. Hippocampus of transgenic mice overexpressing amyloid beta. In blue, neuronal nuclei. In green, beta amyloid plaques (E.Verdaguer/S.Brox)</p>
13 Sep 2016

Researchers at IRB Barcelona describe for the first time how to prepare a specific type of aggregate of the amyloid-beta protein with the ability to perforate the cell membrane.

What causes neuron death and the subsequent cognitive decline in Alzheimer´s disease is still unknown.