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03.07.18 Toxic protein clumps can prevent their own disassembly

Many neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, are triggered by the clumping of certain protein molecules.

Together with colleagues in the USA, researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and Jülich Research Centre have now discovered that the small and particularly toxic aggregates known as oligomers protect themselves against their own disassembly and can thus remain toxic for longer. Their results have now been published in the “Chemical Science” journal.

23.06.18 Caffeine from Four Cups of Coffee Protects the Heart and Vessels with the Help of Mitochondria

Caffeine consumption has been associated with lower risks for multiple diseases, including type II diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, but the mechanism underlying these protective effects has been unclear. A new study now shows that caffeine promotes the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria, enhancing their function and protecting cardiovascular cells from damage.

25.04.18 Green algae paved the way for land plants

When plants first went on shore about 510 million years ago, this was a tremendous challenge for their survival. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have discovered an important prerequisite for this step in “streptophyte algae”, the closest ancestors to plants: These algae already have stress-signalling pathways that were so far only known in plants and through which survival under the environmental conditions on land only becomes possible. The results of their study were announced in April in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

16.04.18 Evolutionary biologist Eva Nowack awarded Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018

Dr. Eva Nowack, evolutionary biologist and head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Microbial Symbiosis and Organelle Evolution” is one of the winners of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018. Germany's most important prize for early career researchers (endowed with € 20,000 per winner) is awarded annually by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to young scientists who have gained an excellent reputation at international level as a result of their research work.

09.04.18 (Retweet) "Was just informed..."

Was just informed that we received a grant to monitor plastic waste on the island of Elba together with students of the @HHU_de and pupils from local schools, as as part of the university's Bürgeruniversität initiative. A good day for us and communicating science. #OceanPlastic

23.03.18 (Article) "Flavin Monooxygenase-Generated N-Hydroxypipecolic Acid Is a Critical Element of Plant Systemic Immunity"

Major breakthrough by Jürgen Zeier Lab @HHU_de @ceplas_1 on FMO-generated N-hydroxypipecolic acid as a critical element of Plant systemic immunity @CellCellPress www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674%2818%2930226-5

20.03.18 (Retweet) "Today we visited..."

Today we visited an information event of the @JuniorGBM concerning future prospects of bio-medical thesises at the @HHU_de and @UniklinikDUS. Several speakers like Dr. Honnen @s_honnen talked about possible and interesting future projects. #igem #igem2018

12.03.18 Dancing robots follow the whip

Physicists from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have proved that systems of oppositely rotating mac-roscopic particles separate and form homogenous fractions of particles that rotate either clockwise or counter-clockwise. For their experiment, the researchers used mini robots fabricated by means of 3D printing. The results have now been published in the renowned scientific journal Nature Communications.

09.03.18 (Tweet) Alzheimer’s diagnosis and more...

Alzheimer’s diagnosis and more: Currently, the company #attyloid was newly founded by the HHU and the FZ Jülich. The researchers involved have developed a new method for measuring protein aggregates with an unprecedented sensitivity.


08.03.18 (Article) "Female physicians nominated for the Nobel Prize 1901–50"

International women's day: Nils Hansson and Heiner Fangerau @HHU_de on female physicians nominated for the #NobelPrize in the #TheLancet #IWD @lindaunobel"

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