A new gene responsible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

A new gene responsible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

In collaboration with a team at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers from GIGA-Neurosciences have discovered a new gene responsible for a seizure syndrome called juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). This discovery was made as part of an international consortium that studies genetic abnormalities responsible for epileptic diseases. It is being published this week in

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New technologies available at the GIGA Imaging platform

New technologies available at the GIGA Imaging platform

The LIGHTSHEET MICROSCOPY can deliver optical sections, 3D reconstructions and timelapse movies of whole sample volumes at subcellular resolutions. The fast scan speeds and low phototoxicity of the lightsheet allow to record the development of fluorescent transgenic animals over long time periods, such as zebrafish embryos. Alternatively 3D reconstructions of fixed whole organs or whole embryos,

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A team from the University of Liège has discovered a new crosstalk between the migrating inhibitory interneurons and the stem cells that generate the excitatory neurons

A team from the University of Liège has discovered a new crosstalk between the migrating inhibitory interneurons and the stem cells that generate the excitatory neurons

The researchers discovered that this cellular dialogue controls the growth of the cerebral cortex and that its impairment leads a cortical malformation previously associated with autism in mice . Their results are published in the prestigious scientific journal Cell. The cerebral cortex contains excitatory and inhibitory interneurons. The former are produced locally and move by

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GIGA-Cardiovascular researchers identify and solve a major side effect of cancer and cholesterol treatments

GIGA-Cardiovascular researchers identify and solve a major side effect of cancer and cholesterol treatments

In last November, Cécile Oury and her team have shown that CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN, small DNA molecules used in numerous cancer therapies) activate blood platelets (that greatly increases the risk of thrombotic accident) and identify potential inhibitory strategy with a drug available on the market, which completely cancels this effect and the inherent risks

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VitriCell raises over €1 million ($1.2M) in series A funding

VitriCell raises over €1 million ($1.2M) in series A funding

Liège, Belgium, January 23, 2018 – VitriCell SA, a biotech company providing innovative and efficient solutions for cryopreservation of even the most sensitive cells, discloses today that it closed a series A round of fundraising in the second half of 2017 totaling over €1 million ($1.2M). This consists of equity capital of €712,000 ($872K) from

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A gammaherpesvirus infection can protect against allergic asthma

A gammaherpesvirus infection can protect against allergic asthma

Bénédicte Machiels and Mickaël Dourcy, under the direction of Laurent Gillet (Laboratory of Immunology-Vaccinology (FARAH)), and their colleagues from ULiège and UGent, investigated the imprinting left by the herpesviruses, and more specifically gammaherpesviruses, on the immune system of their host.  In fact, gammaherpesviruses (including the Epstein-Barr virus, responsible for infectious mononucleosis in humans) are very common viruses having co-evolved with

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