Arieh Warshel

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.


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    Researchers at the M.M. Shemyakin and Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences have collaborated with their colleagues from the A.N. Severtsova Institute of Ecology and Evolution in groundbreaking research work in which they discovered in lamprey the homeobox gene Anf / Hesx1, which is the most ancient gene in the existing living vertebrate. The research findings that they published in the Scientific Reports journal support the scientists’ hypothesis that the appearance of this gene in vertebrates created the conditions necessary for the emergence of the telencephalon.

  • CMV Infection "disarms" the cell, inhibiting microRNA synthesis – Scientists science news XII.20.16

    Scientists from the M.M. Shemyakin and Yu. A. Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences collaborated with their colleagues from the D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of Virology in Moscow, the Kurchatov Institute, and researchers from the University of Lethbridge (Canada) in groundbreaking research work. They discovered that, in its early stages, CMV Infection "disarms" the cell, blocking its protective mechanisms by inhibiting the synthesis of miRNAs. The results of this study were published in the Cell Cycle journal, and may further be used as a basis for creating fundamentally new ways of combating viral Infection.

  • Protein Complex FACT able to unwind Nucleosomes without expending Energy science news XII.7.16

    A group of researchers from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the RAS and Moscow State University, in collaboration with the University of Utah, has for the first time successfully made use of the FRET-microscopy method to demonstrate the ability of nucleosomes to reversibly unwind under the action of FAST without expending any energy. The data obtained will in the future help scientists understand what role this protein complex plays in actively dividing cells in tumor tissues. The results of this breakthrough research were published in the Nature Structural & Molecular Biology journal.