News in 2022
- New research shows virus plays ultimate game of ‘hide and seek’ with immune system 1 March 2022 SARS-CoV-2-infected individuals could have different variants hidden in different parts of the body.
- Diabetes breakthrough: gel-like sieve in blood vessels a new target for repairing damaged hearts 25 February 2022 Drugs that repair damage to a gel-like layer in the tiny blood vessels of the heart could present a much-needed treatment for heart failure in people with diabetes, according to University of Bristol-led research funded by the British Heart Foundation and published today in Diabetologia.
- P53 protein plays a key role in tissue repair, study finds 18 February 2022 New research led by the University of Bristol has found the protein p53 plays a key role in epithelial migration and tissue repair. The findings could improve our understanding of the processes used by cells to repair tissues, and be used to identify interventions that could accelerate and improve wound repair.
- SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein binds to heart’s vascular cells potentially contributing to severe microvascular damage 3 February 2022 A new study has shown how SARS-CoV-2 may contribute to severe microvascular damage seen in severely-ill COVID-19 patients by transforming human heart vascular cells into inflammatory cells, without infecting them. The University of Bristol-led research, published in Clinical Science, indicates blocking antibodies could represent a new treatment to alleviate cardiovascular complications.
- Sweet pressure – scientists discover link between high blood pressure and diabetes 1 February 2022 The long-standing enigma of why so many patients suffering with high blood pressure (known as hypertension) also have diabetes (high blood sugar) has finally been cracked by an international team led by the universities of Bristol, UK, and Auckland, New Zealand.