Neutron Scattering at the Intersection of Heart Health Science and Biophysics
AbstractThere is an urgent quest for improved heart health. Here, we review how neutron radiation can provide insight into the molecular basis of heart health. Lower cholesterol, a daily intake of aspirin and supplemental vitamin E are argued to all improve heart health. However, the mechanisms behind these common regimens, and others, are not entirely understood. It is not clear why a daily intake of aspirin can help some people with heart disease, and the benefits of vitamin E in the treatment of reperfusion injury have been heavily debated. The molecular impact of cholesterol in the body is still a hot topic. Neutron scattering experiments present a unique opportunity for biophysicists attempting to address these problems. We review some recently published studies that are advancing our understanding of how cholesterol, vitamin E and aspirin work at the molecular level, by studying the impact of these molecules on the cell membrane. These insights engage the broader health science community with new ways of thinking about these molecules. View Full-Text
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Marquardt, D.; Alsop, R.J.; Rheinstädter, M.C.; Harroun, T.A. Neutron Scattering at the Intersection of Heart Health Science and Biophysics. J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 2015, 2, 125-140.
Marquardt D, Alsop RJ, Rheinstädter MC, Harroun TA. Neutron Scattering at the Intersection of Heart Health Science and Biophysics. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 2015; 2(2):125-140.Chicago/Turabian Style
Marquardt, Drew; Alsop, Richard J.; Rheinstädter, Maikel C.; Harroun, Thad A. 2015. "Neutron Scattering at the Intersection of Heart Health Science and Biophysics." J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 2, no. 2: 125-140.