Volume 95 Issue 20 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 15, 2017 | Web Date: May 11, 2017

Molecular prosthetic moves iron into, out of, and within cells

Small molecule stands in for missing iron transporters associated with anemia
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: Drug development, molecular prosthetics, iron transporters, anemia, hinokitiol

A prosthetic hand or leg can’t do everything that a lost appendage once did. But these devices often restore enough function to help people regain some quality of life that loss of a limb takes away.

Small molecules might similarly help patients with diseases caused by absent or defective proteins, according to a new study. Researchers report a “molecular prosthetic” that can move iron to where it’s needed in cells and animals that lack proteins . . .

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