Vanderbilt University Researchers Identify Bromine as Essential Element for Human Life

by Kathy Jones on  June 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

A naturally occurring chemical element called bromine has been found to be the 28th element essential for the development of tissues in all animal life, right from primitive sea creatures to humans, researchers at Vanderbilt University reveals.
 Vanderbilt University Researchers Identify Bromine as Essential Element for Human Life
Vanderbilt University Researchers Identify Bromine as Essential Element for Human Life

"Without bromine, there are no animals. That's the discovery," Billy Hudson, Ph.D., the paper's senior author and Elliott V. Newman Professor of Medicine said.

The researchers, led by co-first authors Scott McCall, Christopher Cummings, Ph.D., and Gautam (Jay) Bhave, M.D., Ph.D., showed that fruit flies died when bromine was removed from their diet but survived when bromine was restored.

This finding has important implications for human disease.

"Multiple patient groups ... have been shown to be bromine deficient," McCall, an M.D./Ph.D. student said.

Bromine supplementation may improve the health of patients on dialysis or total parenteral nutrition (TPN), for example.

The report is the latest in a series of landmark papers by the Vanderbilt group that have helped define how collagen IV scaffolds undergird the basement membrane of all tissues, including the kidney's filtering units.

The findings are published by the journal Cell.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Brominated Vegetable Oil Modified Atkins Diet: All You Need to Know 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive