Month: February 2016

Hokusan Co. introduces recombinant interferon α4 as a veterinary drug – prepared from transgenic strawberries in a plant factory

In collaboration with AIST, the company has used the confined system of a plant factory to prepare such preparation in recombinant strawberry plants. The preparation, termed “InterBerry”, is applied as a gingivities-reducing treatment for dogs in animal hospitals and distributed by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Animal Health Hokusan news release,

JCR Pharmaceuticals and Peptidream Co. cooperate on drug transfer to brain

JCR which has developed a “J-BrainCargoR” technology allowing to transport more substances through the blood-brain barrier has concluded a research agreement with Peptidream to use this technology for the transport of special cyclic peptides to the brain. Cyclic peptide libraries offer high diversity for targeting drugs. Peptidream news release, February 22, 2016

Juntendo University will build an iPS cell bank related to the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease

A team at Juntendo University School of Medicine has developed a technology to differentiate peripheral blood-derived human iPS cells into neural stem cells with high efficiency. iPS cells derived from about 150 patients are already stocked in liquid nitrogen tanks and this collection shall be expanded to over several thousand cases in the future. The […]

Meiji demonstrates dementia prevention and improved bowel function by moderate chocolate consumption

In experiments at Gamagori Municipal Hospital, involving over 400 test aged persons, it was shown that a four weeks daily intake of 35 g chocolate containing 72 % cocoa (630 mg cocoa polyphenols) led to an increase of brain-deerived neurotrophic factor BDNF in blood, indicating stimulation of brain cells. In another set of experiments at […]

University of Tokyo group develops ultrafast Raman spectroscopy at 24.000 spectra/sec

The group of Takuro IDEGUCHI developed a to record 24.000 Raman spectra per second based on Fourier-transform coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. The method was applied to the analysis of transient mixing dynamics of toluene and benzene in the fingerprint region (200–1500 cm−1) but could also be used for the screening of intracellular materials in stem cells […]

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