• Spider venom will cure from paralysis science news IV.13

    Scientists from IBCh RAS together with foreign colleagues discovered that a toxin from the venom of the spider Heriaeus melloteei may serve as a hit in drug discovery for hypokalemic periodic paralysis type 2. The disease is caused by mutations in the gene encoding voltage-gated sodium channels NaV1.4, characteristic of skeletal muscles. As a result of the mutations, these channels conduct aberrant currents, the muscles are unable to respond to the signals of the nervous system, and weakness develops followed by paralysis. Until now, there is no reliable medication for all cases of this disease. The results of the work are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS).

  • Lindoldhamine can activate the human ASIC3 channel science news III.23

    Researchers from the Laboratory of Neuroreceptors and Neuroregulators (group leader - Sergei Kozlov) found alkaloid lindoldhamine in the leaves of the noble laurel, which can activate the human ASIC3 channel at physiological pH.

  • Open call for research fellowships in Systems Biology science news II.26

    The Skoltech Center for Data Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology is proud to announce for the third time an open call for research fellowships in Systems Biology.  Application period: 20 February 2018 to 15 March 2018 (Deadline: 23:59, Moscow time). The total amount of support is 630,000 rubles per year. Period: 3-year. Deadline: 15-03-2018 23:59 For more information on who is eligible to apply, how to apply, and available funding, please click here.