ItalyItaly

Researchers decipher key molecule for onset of addiction

29.11.2010

Modena/London – Researchers from Germany, Italy and the UK have
identified a molecule that is key to the onset of addiction and also
involved into memory formation (EMBO Journal, doi:10.1038/emboj.2010.279). According to results of the team headed by Pierluigi Nicotera, expression of the type 2 ryanodine receptor (RyR2) leads to sustained increase of calcium in nerve cells, the signal responsible for rearrangement of brain connections. When the researchers blocked the Ca2+ release channel present on the endoplasmic reticulum in a mouse model for onset of drug dependence, sensitization to nicotine-induced habituated locomotion was abolished. The researchers conclude that gene-dependent reprogramming of Ca2+ signalling is involved in nicotine- or cocaine induced behavioural changes. RyR2 upregulation was itself required for long-term phosphorylation of CREB in a positive-feedback signalling loop.

ItalyItaly

12.05.2010

Rome – The Italian GMO-saga continues. After Italy’s Council of State recently overturned a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified MON810 maize, the political empire is striking back. Federal Minister for Agriculture Luca...

ItalyItaly

11.05.2010

Siena – Roche AG is pursuing Alzheimer therapies developed by Siena Biotech. The Swiss pharma company has decided to exercise an option to become the lead party for the further development and commercialisation of certain...

ItalyItaly

28.04.2010

Arcavacata di Rende (Italy) – Researchers from the University of Calabria have established that activation of the nuclear farnesoid X receptor (FXR) can slow the growth of tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer cells. It is the first...

Switzerland, ItalyItaly

02.04.2010

Siena/Basel - Roche has committed to the compounds the Italian outfit Siena Biotech is developing for the use against Alzheimer's disease. The Swiss pharma company will exercise its option to become the lead party for further...

ItalyItaly

10.03.2010

Lainate – Cosmo’s bid for its Italian peer BioXell was successful. At the end of the acceptance period on February 26th, the Italian drug developer traded at the Zurich stock exchange, held 98.96% of all BioXell shares. The offer...

ItalyItaly

08.03.2010

Rome – The Consiglio di Stato, Italy‘s highest court, has overturned the standing ban on the cultivation of genetically modified Mon810 maize. According to the Court, say local papers, Italian farmers do not have to wait with the...

ItalyItaly

01.02.2010

Milan – A court in Milan has given bio­pharmaceutical company MolMed some preliminary breathing space regarding possible patent infringement with MolMed’s cell therapy for the treatment of haematological malignancies (more...)....

ItalyItaly

01.02.2010

Rome – Sigma-Tau S.p.A has achieved promising initial results in a clinical study to evaluate the potential of Zadaxin to increase immune response to the MF59 adjuvanted H1N1 influenza monovalent vaccine Focetria from Novartis....

ItalyItaly

01.02.2010

Lainate – Cosmo Pharmaceuticals has published its public tender offer to acquire all of fellow Italian company Bio­Xell’s outstanding shares. The specialist for optimised generics first offered to buy BioXell for CHF41.3m...

ItalyItaly

19.11.2009

Lainate – Italian company Cosmo Pharmaceuticals SpA has anounced to launch a public tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of BioXell SpA. According to the pre-announcement, the drug manufacturer’s offer includes a total...

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