2019 NOBEL PRIZE: Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to British-American Trio for Cell/Oxygen Research

12 October, 2019

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'Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to British-American Trio for Cell/Oxygen Research'

Marcia Frellick, October 07, 2019

William G. Kaelin, MD, of Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, FMedSci, of Oxford University in the United Kingdom have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries on how cells sense oxygen and adapt to it. [...]

They found the gene turns on erythropoietin (EPO), which controls red blood cell production when cells are deprived of oxygen.

"We found it very interesting that the body canrespond to oxygen," Semenza told the AP. "That discovery has led to treatments for people with chronic kidney disease who become anemic when their kidneys stop making EPO. "Now, drugs can turn on EPO production by increasing these factors." [...]

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