Pro­tein dis­cov­ery helps fight dis­ease

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Shang­hai sci­en­tists have fig­ured out the struc­ture and reg­u­la­tory mech­a­nism of a pro­tein fam­ily in the hu­man body highly as­so­ci­ated with mul­ti­ple ge­netic dis­eases and can­cers, which may bring about break­throughs in medicine.

The dis­cov­ery, made af­ter years of study by the Na­tional Cen­ter for Pro­tein Sci­ence, In­sti­tute of Bio­chem­istry and Cell Bi­ol­ogy, a branch of the Shang­hai In­sti­tutes for Bi­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences of the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences, was pub­lished on the web­site of the UKbased jour­nal Na­ture.

The MLL fam­ily of pro­teins plays a cru­cial role in the pro­lif­er­a­tion, growth and de­vel­op­ment of cells, and their mu­ta­tion can trig­ger the im­proper op­er­a­tion of cells and cause dis­eases.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

A Shang­hai shop­ping mall has built a five-storey tubu­lar slide to at­tract cus­tomers who may fa­vor on­line shop­ping. It takes about 16 sec­onds to go from the mall’s fifth floor to the ground. It was un­veiled in the Shang­hai-Hong Kong New World Depart­ment Store and will open to the pub­lic next month.

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