Monthly Archives: April 2014

Discovery of two types of adrenal cancer

Adrenocortical carcinoma (also known as adrenal cortex cancer or ACC), is a generally aggressive tumour, with a mean survival rate of less than five years for those affected. Apart from metastasis, it exposes the patients to manifestations such as high blood pressure, diabetes, decreased potassium level, infections, etc. There is, however, some patient-dependent variation in tumour development. The team led by Prof. Bertherat at the Cochin Institute (Inserm – CNRS – Paris Descartes University) and the Expert Centre for Rare Adrenal Cancers at Cochin Hospital (AP-HP) has just published a molecular classification for this cancer in the journal Nature Genetics. The researchers identify many molecular abnormalities in these cancers that have not been well known until now, and thus reveal a new classification for these tumours.

Posted in Press releases, Circulation, metabolism, nutrition | Tagged | Comments closed

Inserm and the Institut Pasteur identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea

In an article which appeared in The New England journal of Medicine on 16 April, researchers from Inserm (Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory, Lyon) and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible for this epidemic. Performed in less than a month, sequencing of the complete genome and subsequent phylogenetic analysis show that the virus present in Guinea forms a clade (variant) that is distinct from strains previously identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Gabon. Epidemiological investigations also linked the laboratory confirmed cases with the initial deaths recorded during the December 2013 outbreak.

Posted in Press releases, Immunology, inflammation, infectiology and microbiology | Tagged | Comments closed

Friday april 18, 2014

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. L’Institut de la mémoire et de la maladie d’Alzheimer (IM2A) et l’Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière (ICM) lancent une grande étude, baptisée « Insight », pour mieux comprendre l’apparition de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Le Parisien explique que les deux instituts recrutent, dans le cadre […]

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed

Juno : the secret of the egg finally revealed

After a decade of research, a team of researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has identified Juno, a protein located on the membrane of the egg cell that enables the sperm cell to recognise it. Its presence, and that of Izumo (its counterpart on the sperm cell), is essential for fertilisation. Fusion of the egg and sperm, and subsequent formation of the embryo depend on the interactions of these proteins.

Posted in In the media, Europe | Comments closed

Thursday april 17, 2014

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Dans un entretien accordé à Paris Match, le Pr José-Alain Sahel, chef du service d’ophtalmologie à l’hôpital des Quinze-Vingts et à la Fondation Rothschild, directeur de l’Institut de la Vision (université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, Inserm, CNRS), explique les dernières avancées de la recherche en matière de malvoyance. Le Quotidien […]

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair

A team led by Ludwik Leibler from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI Paris Tech) and Didier Letourneur from the Laboratoire Recherche Vasculaire Translationnelle (INSERM/Universités Paris Diderot and Paris 13), has just demonstrated that the principle of adhesion by aqueous solutions of nanoparticles can be used in vivo to repair soft-tissue organs and tissues.

Posted in Press releases, Health technologies | Tagged | Comments closed

Wednesday april 16, 2014

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Selon l’enquête annuelle réalisée par Ipsos pour Les Entreprises du médicament (Leem), on assiste pour la première fois à une chute de la confiance des Français dans les médicaments. Le Monde rapporte, dans son édition Science & Médecine, que ce sondage, réalisé sur Internet auprès de 1 […]

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed

Tuesday april 15, 2014

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. L’Institut Pasteur a annoncé dimanche avoir « égaré » 2 349 échantillons composés de fragments du virus du syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (sras). Le Figaro précise que ces derniers correspondent essentiellement à des « prélèvements naso-pharyngiens et bronchiques effectués sur des patients infectés pendant l’épidémie de 2003 […]

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed

Monday april 14, 2014

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed

Friday april 11, 2014

Posted in Synthèse de presse | Comments closed
fermer
fermer
RSS Youtube