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Molecular mechanism of tree shrew’s insensitivity to spiciness

  Spicy foods elicit a pungent or hot and painful sensation that repels almost all mammals. Prof. LAI Ren’ group from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and researchers from Zhejiang University observed that tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis), which possess a close relationship with primates, can directly and actively consume chili peppers, despite the deep geog... more
Scientists Revealed the Postsynaptic Molecular Mechanism of Long-Term Potentiation (LTP)

  The central nervous system is the most complicatedly and precisely regulated organ in vertebrate. It is also critical for both primary nervous activity, such as sense perception, emotion regulation and body maintenance, and higher nervous activity, such as thinking, cognition and consciousness. One of the most important traits of brain is the storage of massive information, i.e. the abilit... more
Salivary Factor from Aedes aegypti Facilitates Zika Virus Transmission

  Identified in the 1940s in Africa, Zika is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, leading to defects in infants, including microcephaly that causes abnormally small brains and heads. Since 2015, the Zika virus (ZIKV) has swept through more than 60 countries. The epidemic led the World Health Organization to issue an alert ... more
Scientists Reveal New Potential Therapeutic Targets in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatment

  Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the breast cancer subtypes with high degree of malignancy. Compared with other breast cancer subtypes, TNBC has the characteristics of high metastasis rate, high proportion of cell proliferation, and poor prognosis. Currently, there aren’t any specific targeted drugs for treatment of TNBC.
  The research group led by Prof. JIAO Baowei from ... more
How centipedes slay giant prey

  Centipede rapidly subdues Kunming mouse
  This study uncovers the molecular mode of action of centipede venom, which helps the tiny creatures subdue larger-bodied prey. Centipedes are known to subdue large prey by using potent, broad-acting venom. However, venom synthesis requires substantial metabolic investment, and the mechanisms of action of centipede venoms remain unclear.
  LAI R... more
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