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A team of scientists led by AcademiaNet member Prof Petra Dersch discovered how Yersinia germs hide from the immune system: They reduce the production of a toxin that, during an acute infection, causes tissue inflammation. When the inflammation subsides, the bacteria can "go undercover" and persist in their host for years.
Cancer can occur when things go wrong in our genes, but also occur when the processes to fix damaged genes goes wrong. AcademiaNet members Dr. Elisabetta Citterio, Dr. Michela Di Virgilio (photo), Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs and Prof. Rocio Sotillo study the mechanisms of DNA repair.
HZI researchers from Prof. Petra Dersch's team elucidate the mechanism used by yersinia bacteria to quickly evade the attack of the immune system, together with colleagues from Sweden.
Professsor Stefanie Dimmeler gets the prestigious "Advanced Investigator Grant" from the European Research Council ERC for her pioneering research on non-coding RNAs. The grant is worth 2,5 million Euros for five years.
More than five million people die of gastro-intestinal diseases each year. Researchers from Braunschweig, Germany, have now discovered a molecule in a typical bacterial strain that facilitates the infection process considerably.