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Nobel laureate visited Faculty of Science to solve “Why our proteins have to die so we shall live” for the discovery of “Kiss of death”


Prof. Ciechanover, Nobel laureate in Chemistry 2004 and discoverer of “Kiss of Death” visited Thailand and pointed out the phenomenon of destruction of protein, which is the key to human survival.

On April 10, 2008 at L01, Faculty of Science, Phayathai campus, Prof. Aaron J. Ciechanover, Israeli scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 from the discovery of “kiss of death”, delivered a special lecture entitled, “Life and death - Why our proteins have to die so we shall live” for the full-house crowd, consisting of students, faculty members, and general public.

Prof. Dr. Skorn Mongkolsuk, Dean, Faculty of Science revealed that the Faculty of Science in collaboration with the International Peace Foundation organized special lectures by Nobel Laureates in various fields since 2005. These special lectures are open to public free of charge, and the special lecture by Prof. Ciechanover is a part of commemoration of 50th Anniversary of Faculty of Science. The Honorary Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology presided over the opening ceremony of the special lecture.

The key points that Prof. Ciechanover acknowledged aimed at the mechanism of protein destruction in organisms. The reasons why we should be concern about “Life and death – Why our proteins have to die so we shall live” is because proteins are mechanics in our body that concern with every activity, no matter it may walking, seeing, hearing, heart beating, digestion, breathing, or excreting unwanted waste from the body. Proteins are transient, and are constantly destroyed and synthesized continuously. Each day, approximately 10% of protein in our body are destroyed and replaced. Many questions of interest include 1) why are our proteins destroyed, 2) what is the mechanism of destruction, 3) what happen if this mechanism go wrong, and 4) how can we correct the abnormality? These are challenging questions that await further proof. Understanding of this phenomenon leads to development of cancer drugs and drugs that correct neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Post Date : April 10, 2008

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