Results about: Drosophila melanogaster

Identification of genes responsible for sex-related differences in cancer aggressiveness in the vinegar fly

An understanding of the molecular basis of differences in the incidence and survival of cancer between men and women may allow the discovery of specific and more effective treatments.

The study, published in Science Advances, compares the brain tumours of male and female flies at the molecular level and identifies proteins responsible for the different degree of aggressiveness.

A study using Drosophila sheds light on the metastatic behaviour of human tumours

Most solid tumours with metastatic potential show a high degree of chromosomal instability.

A study published in the journal Developmental Cell demonstrates that chromosomal instability itself promotes invasive behaviour.

The researchers identify the oncogene Fos and the tumour suppressor Capicua as necessary molecular elements mediating this invasive behaviour.

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) will bring together students from the 5 continents

BIYSC 2018 starts with 90 students from all over the world.

IRB Barcelona receives today eight students that will participate through the workshop "Drosophila melanogaster: a model to study human disease".

Key protein in sperm tail assembly identified

The study, published in The Journal of Cell Biology, focuses on the development of the sperm tail, the structure that enables sperm cells to swim and is therefore critical for male fertility.
 

Genes activated in metastasis also drive the first stages of tumour growth

In spite of the difference between the cell functions responsible for giving rise to a tumour and for the metastasis of this same tumour, studies at IRB Barcelona using the fly Drosophila melanogaster reveal that some genes can drive both phenomena.