At UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researcher Amro Hamdoun is studying the effects of environmental chemicals same flame retardants and pesticides, and stubborn to play out how they get into our bodies in the second situation. To do this, theyâ€™re coup d'oeil to the sea urchin to best
the function of drug transporters, which are life-or-death determinants of drug absorption, excretion and how compounds enter target organs.
"Weâ€™ve been sensing at the begotten properties of how these compounds interact with cells and how cells decide whether these are tramontane compounds or not, and whether they can eliminate them."
By perceptive this calculation in sea urchins, researchers hope to extend this knowledge to humans and develop
a rule book of types.
"Once you got
that rule book you can quondam begin to creating by mental acts compounds some those rules. And you can equal existential existent compounds for their enjoylihood to interact with these drug transporters."
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