Newly Identified Protein Function Protects Cells During Injury, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Study

Published: Jun 08, 2012

Scientists have discovered a new function for a protein that protects cells during injury and could eventually translate into treatment for conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer's. Researchers report online June 7 in the journal Cell that a type of protein called thrombospondin activates a protective pathway that prevents heart cell damage in mice undergoing simulated extreme hypertension, cardiac pressure overload and heart attack.

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