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24.09.19 Taurine transporters in mice and humans

The amino acid taurine is found in large quantities in the cells of the brain, liver and other organs. It serves to regulate cell volume, has antioxidative properties and stablises proteins in those organs. Other functions for the organism have not yet been conclusively determined.


17.09.19 “EU-EXPERT: Successful Women Scientists in EU Research” with Prof. Gasic on October 1st, 2019

SelmaMeyerMentoring and Department Research and Transfer HHU invite all interested female researchers to the information meeting “EU-EXPERT: Successful Women Scientists in EU Research” with Prof. Dr. M. Gasic.


03.09.19 Research into Parkinson’s disease: binding-protein prevents fibril proliferation

Several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s are closely linked to the aggregation of a specific protein, α-synuclein. An international collaborative project involving Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and RWTH Aachen University has now shed light on the mechanisms used by a specific binding-protein discovered by them to prevent aggregation. In the journal eLife, they also describe how the binding-protein improves symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in fruit flies.


27.08.19 Biological risk potential of nanoparticles studied

Carbon nanoparticles are a promising tool for biomedical applications, for example for targeted transportation of biologically active compounds into cells. A team of researchers from the Physics, Medicine and Chemistry departments at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has now examined whether these particles are potentially dangerous for the organism and how cells cope with them once they have been incorporated. The findings of the interdisciplinary study have just been published in the journal Scientific Reports.


21.08.19 Shedding light on the reaction mechanism of PUVA light therapy for skin diseases

Together with their Munich-based colleagues, a team of physical chemists from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has clarified which chemical reactions take place during PUVA therapy. The therapy involves light-induced damage to the DNA of diseased cells. The team working under Prof. Dr. Peter Gilch has now published its findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.


15.08.19 HHU researchers research the basic principles of life

Within its “Life” programme, the Volkswagen Foundation is funding a joint project by Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr and Université de Strasbourg. In the coming five years, a team at the Institute of Molecular Evolution led by Prof. Dr. William Martin will recreate chemical conditions in the Earth’s crust four billion years ago to study the central role of inorganic catalysts for the emergence of life.


14.08.19 Stressed plants must have iron under control

When land plants’ nutrient availability dwindles, they have to respond to this stress. Plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have used available data to examine which genes plants activate in the event of stress and what these mean. They published their findings in the journal iScience.


14.08.19 HHU plant scientists take a stance on precision methods in breeding research

In an open statement issued today, European scientists have appealed to the European institutions to simplify the use of modern genome editing procedures in plant breeding. The statement is signed by Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber from the Institute of Plant Biochemistry as well as spokespersons from the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences CEPLAS and other plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU).


12.08.19 New youthful look for brand design of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

The logo for Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has been relaunched. From now on, it will feature a modern dark-blue brand with the established abbreviation and a stylised “D” that stands for Düsseldorf’s university. The process was initiated by the President of the University, Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck.


27.06.19 Multiple sclerosis: Endogenous retrovirus HERV-W key to nerve tissue damage

27 June 2019 – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) affecting brain and spinal cord. In collaboration with colleagues from the USA and Canada, a team of Düsseldorf-based researchers led by Prof. Dr. Patrick Küry from the Department of Neurology has discovered a new way in which nerve tissue is damaged by an endogenous retrovirus. They authors have published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).


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