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Aswathy Rai

Aswathy Rai
Aswathy N. Rai is an assistant clinical professor and undergraduate coordinator at Mississippi State University's department of biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology.

Articles by Aswathy Rai

Mechanisms of a gut bacterium – and how to stop them
Journal News

Mechanisms of a gut bacterium – and how to stop them

Oct. 10, 2023
When Vibrio parahaemolyticus senses bile acid, two membrane proteins control the production of the toxins that cause disease.
A great escape — how SARS-CoV-2 evades our defenses
Journal News

A great escape — how SARS-CoV-2 evades our defenses

May 25, 2023
Preliminary evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 uses molecular mimicry, in which one of its proteins acts like a protein in our immune system.
The sweet tale of a silkworm taste receptor
Journal News

The sweet tale of a silkworm taste receptor

April 13, 2023
Fig wasps, jumping bristletails and silkworms help a research team construct a new structural model for a taste receptor based on the structure of a known receptor for smell.
Strategies for protein quality control
Journal News

Strategies for protein quality control

Feb. 16, 2023
To achieve proteostasis, two arms — the spatial and the temporal — work together to prevent the toxic effects of misfolding and aggregation.
Lipoprotein(a): Silent killer or crystal ball?
Journal News

Lipoprotein(a): Silent killer or crystal ball?

Dec. 27, 2022
High levels of this lipid transporter accelerate the buildup of cholesterol on artery walls, increasing a person’s risk for sudden reduced blood flow.
ASBMB urges OSTP to engage stakeholders in open-access planning
Blotter

ASBMB urges OSTP to engage stakeholders in open-access planning

Nov. 8, 2022
The society wrote: “We urge the OSTP to engage with us and other stakeholders who can provide vital input to ensure an equitable and smooth transition to open access.”
Prion origins are key in study of chronic wasting disease
Journal News

Prion origins are key in study of chronic wasting disease

Oct. 6, 2022
A team at Colorado State reports differences in the biochemical profiles of prion strains of lymphogenic and neurogenic origins in free-ranging white-tailed deer.
A target to prevent kidney injury by chemotherapy
Journal News

A target to prevent kidney injury by chemotherapy

Sept. 27, 2022
“Many people don’t realize that the side effects of chemotherapy are not limited to hair loss, diarrhea and nausea.”
Is location everything?
Journal News

Is location everything?

Aug. 9, 2022
A lab at the University of Illinois Chicago develops site-specific tools to probe the cellular function of cholesterol.
Finding sarcoidosis: A clinical game of hide and seek
Health Observance

Finding sarcoidosis: A clinical game of hide and seek

April 30, 2022
On one side of the bench-to-bedside spectrum, researchers are trying to identify the cause of sarcoidosis. On the other, clinicians are trying to avoid misdiagnosis as the disease's prevalence and presentation varies.