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Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine

Sci. Signal.  12 Apr 2016:
Vol. 9, Issue 423, pp. ec88
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aaf8382


A winning combination

Androgen receptor antagonists compromise the T cell response against prostate cancer, leading to early tumor relapse.

Y. Pu, M. Xu, Y. Liang, K. Yang, Y. Guo, X. Yang, Y.-X. Fu, Androgen receptor antagonists compromise T cell response against prostate cancer leading to early tumor relapse. Sci. Transl. Med. 8, 333ra47 (2016). [Abstract]


Insights into neuronal cell death

A method to culture human cortical neurons that yielded a balanced network of excitatory and inhibitory neurons revealed that these cells die in a PARP-dependent manner after neurotoxic insult.

J.-C. Xu, J. Fan, X. Wang, S. M. Eacker, T.-I. Kam, L. Chen, X. Yin, J. Zhu, Z. Chi, H. Jiang, R. Chen, T. M. Dawson, V. L. Dawson, Cultured networks of excitatory projection neurons and inhibitory interneurons for studying human cortical neurotoxicity. Sci. Transl. Med. 8, 333ra48 (2016). [Abstract]


Dissolving away cholesterol

The cyclic oligosaccharide 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin facilitates atheroprotective mechanisms through oxysterol-mediated reprogramming of macrophages.

S. Zimmer, A. Grebe, S. S. Bakke, N. Bode, B. Halvorsen, T. Ulas, M. Skjelland, D. De Nardo, L. I. Labzin, A. Kerksiek, C. Hempel, M. T. Heneka, V. Hawxhurst, M. L. Fitzgerald, J. Trebicka, I. Björkhem, J.-Å. Gustafsson, M. Westerterp, A. R. Tall, S. D. Wright, T. Espevik, J. L. Schultze, G. Nickenig, D. Lütjohann, E. Latz, Cyclodextrin promotes atherosclerosis regression via macrophage reprogramming. Sci. Transl. Med. 8, 333ra50 (2016). [Abstract]