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Penn Researchers Discover New Role for Master Regulator in Cell Metabolism, Response to Stress

AMP-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, is a master regulator protein of metabolism that is conserved from yeast to humans. When a cell is low on fuel, AMPK shuts down processes that use energy and turns on processes that produce energy.

Biologists have been studying how AMPK works for several decades and know that once it is activated, AMPK turns on a large number of genes by passing the "make more energy" message through numerous signaling cascades in the cell. What was not known, until now, was that AMPK also works via an epigenetic mechanism to slow down or stop cell growth.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 349-5658 July 19, 2010

Rescuing Fruit Flies from Alzheimer’s Disease

Investigators have found that fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) males -- in which the activity of an Alzheimer’s disease protein is reduced by 50 percent -- show impairments in learning and memory as they age. What’s more, the researchers were able to prevent the age-related deficits by treating the flies with drugs such as lithium, or by genetic manipulations that reduced nerve-cell signaling.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | July 19, 2010

Seven in School of Veterinary Medicine Honored With Teaching Awards

Seven faculty members in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are recipients of 2010 teaching awards.   

Traveling as a Professor

July 13, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education authors an op-ed on how normal discourse while traveling often leads to research topics.

Veterinarian Scientists Bring Unique Perspectives to Translational Research

July 16, 2010

Susan Volk and Michael Atchison of the School of Veterinary Medicine discuss veterinarians’ role in translational research.

Article Source: Science

When the Bride Takes a Bride, Businesses Respond

July 15, 2010

Katherine Sender of the Annenberg School for Communication comments on the marketability of same-sex marriage and is cited for her book “Business, Not Politics: The Making of the Gay Market.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151 July 15, 2010

Penn Law School Announces Four Recipients of 2010 Teaching Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Four teachers in the University of Pennsylvania Law School have received 2010 teaching awards.

Matthew Adler, the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, has been honored with the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course.  He has been honored twice with the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he has also received the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Voices of Experience

July 15, 2010

Mauro Guillen of the Wharton School says continuous relevant research at international business schools is vital.

Health, Jobs, Education: Key Ways to Help Haiti Now

July 14, 2010

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s Haiti donation analysis study, “Haiti: How Can I Help? Models for Donors Seeking Long-Term Impact,” is cited.

Article Source: Huffington Post

The Bigger Your Head, the Better Your Memory?

July 14, 2010

Steven Arnold of the School of Medicine and Penn Memory Center discusses a study linking head size to memory.

Article Source: MSNBC