Brittle bone disease: Novel gene provides clue to potential therapeutic approach in the future

Extremely fragile bones are the reason why mainly children, but also adults with brittle bone disease will frequently break their bones, often even without any apparent injury. The genetic [...]

Gene of the Month – September: MESD

A recent study reports on the MESD gene as a novel disease gene associated with the condition of brittle bone disease, or osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). In this study, an international group of [...]

NIG: Modern integrated genomics is a key element to innovative research and personalized medicine

Genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics are crucial elements in modern biomedical research towards personalized medicine. Next-generation sequencing, the technology that allows to [...]

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Gene of the Month – August: RABL3

A recently published study associates  a rare mutation in the RABL3 gene with the development of pancreatic cancer: Researchers from the U.S. and Australia report in Nature Genetics on an [...]

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Gene of the Month – July: ARAF

A mutation in ARAF was discovered by US researchers as the genetic cause of a very rare and complex lymphatic anomaly and then served as the basis for developing a therapeutic approach. In Nature [...]

Gene of the Month – June: RFC1

Replication factor C subunit 1, the protein encoded by the RFC1 gene, is the largest of five subunits making up the RFC protein complex. This complex loads the ring-shaped PCNA protein onto the [...]

Gene of the Month – May: RRAS2

The protein encoded by RRAS2 is a ubiquitously expressed small GTPase with an important function as a signal transducer in the cell. Disturbances in signaling cascades controlling the cell’s [...]

Gene of the Month – April: MC4R

The melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) belongs to the family of G protein-coupled receptors, which play essential roles in signal processing and transduction in our cells. MC4R is expressed primarily [...]