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A biochemist from the University of Navarra is researching liver alterations at the Mayo Clinic

The work by Jesús Bañales may contribute to the treatment of certain liver diseases

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22/09/06 13:42 Mª Pilar Huarte

The biochemist Jesús Bañales, a researcher from the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) of the University of Navarra, will work as a visiting scientist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota, USA), in order to broaden his studies on the mechanisms of bile secretion in the liver.

In particular, during the two years of his stay he will focus on a topic related to his doctoral dissertation, in which he analyzed the mechanisms for releasing bicarbonate into the bile in response to the hormone secretin. He has previously noted, during his work in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the CIMA, that this excretion is altered in certain patients with liver ailments.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

At the Mayo Clinic in the U.S., the biologist will study the cells of the bile ducts in order to understand better the role that the AE2 protein plays in them. He expressed the hope "that the results will be useful for the treatment of those patients with liver ailments who present these alterations."

Dr. Bañales will collaborate with Prof. Nicholas LaRusso of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Mayo Clinic. This expert is the president of the American Gastroenterological Association and is a former editor of the journal Gastroenterology.