Highlights from the American Chemical Society journal, ACS Chemical Biology, are now available on EurekAlert!, the online science news service for reporters. Below is a link to the May 2007 edition.
In the current issue we learn:
- That bacteria can communicate with each other through a process called quorum sensing. Through the use of a series small molecules the authors perturb this system to learn more about the process
- About a tool that allows for more rapid drug discovery by combining several less specific molecular fragments into one larger, more specific fragment.
- That two new peptides can be used to specifically label proteins, which allows scientists to further modify and study interesting proteins.
- In the war on cancer you can never have too many weapons in your arsenal. The authors determined the crystal structure of a key cell cycle regulator complexed with an inhibitor molecule. By inhibiting the cell cycle, uncontrolled cell growth, a hallmark of cancer, can be halted.
- About designed surfaces that allow for the growth of embryonic stem cells in an undifferentiated state.
- About the state of the art in inhibiting kinases, proteins that are crucial for myriad cell processes and that are important in many types of cancers.
ACS Chemical Biology is a monthly journal exploring cellular function from both chemical and biological perspectives. In addition to research papers and reviews, the journal also publishes Spotlights of current research in chemical biology, Profiles of experts in the field, and Points of View from leading scientists. The journal web site is updated weekly with new content, and it features a WIKI and Ask the Expert.
The American Chemical Society - the world's largest scientific society - is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.