Poor protein utilization contributes to neurodegeneration

Neurodegeneration can occur more quickly if nerve cells lack retromer proteins, which are responsible for breaking down toxic tau protein. This conclusion was reached by scientists who observed genetically modified fruit flies that produced human tau protein in 39 neurons of the eye. Tau protein itself already caused the death of nerve cells, and the… Continue reading Poor protein utilization contributes to neurodegeneration

Ozonation of the air caused the skin to create an oxidative field around a person

Chemists from Germany, the USA and Denmark have found that substances secreted by human skin lead to the formation of an oxidative field around it. Scientists placed four people in a sealed mock-up office and began ozonizing the air to a level close to the maximum permissible concentrations. The experiment showed that ozone interacts with… Continue reading Ozonation of the air caused the skin to create an oxidative field around a person

Biochemists have discovered the mechanism behind the red coloration of birds

Biochemists from the USA and Portugal have discovered how in vertebrate cells yellow carotenoid pigments are converted into red ketocarotenoids, which are responsible for the red coloration of some vertebrates. It turned out that this transformation requires two enzymes, and the third, auxiliary, plays the role of a carrier of reacting molecules. The study was… Continue reading Biochemists have discovered the mechanism behind the red coloration of birds

James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

The James Webb Infrared Space Telescope has reliably discovered a number of organic molecules, including complex ones, in the composition of ice particles in the core of the very young protovesche IRAS 15398−3359. In addition, the telescope examined the structure of one of the outflows of matter from the protostar, which consists of four shells.… Continue reading James Webb finds organic molecules in icy particles around a very young protostar

An organometallic cocatalyst helped produce ammonia by electrolysis

Chemists from the USA have found a cobalt-based cocatalyst, which, together with a tungsten-based catalyst, makes it possible to effectively produce ammonia from nitrogen under electrolysis conditions. Thanks to this combination of catalysts, the process was able to be carried out at a relatively high potential of −1.35 volts and with a current efficiency of… Continue reading An organometallic cocatalyst helped produce ammonia by electrolysis

Evolution forced mammals to recreate salivary proteins fifteen times

American bioinformaticians have discovered traces in the genomes of mammals of 15 independent occurrences of new proteins responsible for the viscosity of saliva. According to the findings of the authors of a study published in Science Advancesthe culprit is a region of the genome with a high mutation rate and selection pressure during the evolutionary… Continue reading Evolution forced mammals to recreate salivary proteins fifteen times

Coordination polymers caused water to absorb oxygen

Chemists from the USA have developed several microporous materials capable of forming stable colloidal solutions in water and in this form absorbing carbon dioxide and oxygen. To do this, the scientists used compounds with a hydrophilic outer surface and a hydrophobic pore surface. This made it possible to increase the ability of water to dissolve… Continue reading Coordination polymers caused water to absorb oxygen

Perseverance discovered volcanic rocks instead of sedimentary ones in Jezero Crater

The Perseverance rover discovered volcanic rocks in the Jezero Crater. This contradicts the expectations of scientists who expected to see sedimentary deposits. Their absence may indicate that the lake at this place disappeared too quickly, and sedimentary rocks did not have time to form. Two articles (1 and 2) devoted to the results of Perseverance’s… Continue reading Perseverance discovered volcanic rocks instead of sedimentary ones in Jezero Crater

Butyrate saved mice from peanut allergies

Butyrate, which is produced by the intestinal bacteria Clostridium, may help people with severe peanut allergies. This was discovered by scientists who introduced polymer micelles with butyrate into the intestines of mice and relieved them of allergies. The authors believe that such micelles can also help with reactions to other food proteins. A preprint of… Continue reading Butyrate saved mice from peanut allergies

Physicists saw Rabi oscillations using extreme ultraviolet light

European physicists have reported the observation of characteristic doublets in the spectra of electrons knocked out of helium atoms by coherent light in the extreme ultraviolet range. The result obtained indicates the occurrence of Rabi oscillations in atoms. The shape and position of the doublets could be theoretically reproduced only after taking into account the… Continue reading Physicists saw Rabi oscillations using extreme ultraviolet light