A team of scientists from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry RAS have discovered new information on how the PIWIL2 human gene expresses itself. This breakthrough discovery shall help create a diagnostic marker for determining testicular germ cell tumors. The research findings suggest the interchangeability of the PIWIL2 “helpers”: the promoter of this gene is also able to act as an enhancer of the expression of another gene. The work, published in the PLoS ONE journal, helps expand the background knowledge in this field.


  • Nobel Laureate in Chemistry visited Russia with lectures science news X.18

    Arieh Warshel, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems", had made his first visit in Russia to take part in the Forum unifying the 5th Physiological Congress of CIS and 5th Congress of the Russian Biochemical Society (Dagomys, Sochi, October 4-9, 2016). Professor Warshel had gone by invitation of corresponding member of the RAS, deputy sci-director of the IBCh RAS Alexander Gabibov.

  • Scientists have studied the role of sialic acid in cancer development science news X.7

    A group of researchers from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Queen’s University (Canada), in conjunction with the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has studied the role of sialic acid in cancer development. The results of their research showed that cancer cells can be manipulated by properly adjusting the acid’s levels, and this can possibly halt the spread of metastases. Their findings were published in the Oncotarget magazine.

  • Computer simulates body reaction to heat science news IX.13

    For the first time, scientists at the M.M. Shemyakin and Yu. A. Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences have successfully used computer generated simulations to study the TRPV1-Receptor temperature activation phenomenon for higher organisms. Up to this point, it was impossible to achieve such results in silico experiments due to imperfections in the computer simulation models. The results of the experiment were published in the Scientific Reports journal.