U. of I. News: ‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat disease

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5/11/17

‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat disease

Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe anemia in patients. Such “molecular prosthetics” might treat a host of incurable diseases caused by protein deficiencies, such as anemias, cystic fibrosis or certain types of heart disease.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and collaborators at Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University published their work the journal Science.

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