School of Veterinary Medicine

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 28, 2015

Penn Vet Study Shows Immune Cells in the Skin Remember and Defend Against Parasites

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Now, research led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine shows that resident memory T cells form in response to parasite infection. The new study found that, after infection with the parasitic disease leishmaniasis, a population of T cells with a memory for the parasite remained in the skin.

Just as the brain forms memories of familiar faces, the immune system remembers pathogens it has encountered in the past. T cells with these memories circulate in the blood stream looking for sites of new infection.

Children Facing Surgeries Are Cheered by Dogs Who’ve Been There, Done That [Photos]

July 23, 2015

Photos from the Best Friends Bash sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are highlighted.

Teens Interested in Pursuing Career in Veterinary Medicine Participate in Program on Univ. of Pennsylvania’s Campus

July 16, 2015

Nicole Wyre of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Summer Vets summer camp for high school students are highlighted.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 15, 2015

Penn Vet Team Shows a Protein Modification Determines Enzyme’s Fate

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For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine show how an amino acid tag on a protein has the power to greatly influence the function of an enzyme called PRPS2, which is required for human life and can become hyperactive in cancer.

The human genome encodes roughly 20,000 genes, only a few thousand more than fruit flies. The complexity of the human body, therefore, comes from far more than just the sequence of nucleotides that comprise our DNA, it arises from modifications that occur at the level of gene, RNA and protein.

Think Like a Doctor: Limping Along Solved!

July 2, 2015

Doctoral candidate Jonathan Madara of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 8, 2015

Disrupting Cells’ ‘Powerhouses’ Can Lead to Tumor Growth, Penn Study Finds

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A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers implicates defects in mitochondria, the energy-production centers of cells, as playing a key role in the transition from normal to cancerous.

Cancer cells defy the rules by which normal cells abide. They can divide without cease, invade distant tissues and consume glucose at abnormal rates.

Egg Producers Buckle Down as Avian Flu Creeps Toward Pa.

July 6, 2015

Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted on the impact bird flu can have on the U.S. poultry business.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 July 1, 2015

Penn Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

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Oftentimes men with a type of infertility called azoospermia don’t know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility — an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility.

First Trimester Stress Linked to Brain Disorders

June 24, 2015

Postdoctoral researcher Eldin Jašarevi of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted about studying the effects of stress during pregnancy.

Article Source: FitPregnancy.com

Here’s How to Start Breaking Down the Illegal Wildlife Trade

June 15, 2015

Nikkita Patel of the School of Veterinary Medicine is cited for studying animal trafficking.

Article Source: Washington Post