Research Highlights

Entry from: 27.09.2017  
Category: Research Highlights

Novel contrast medium promises deep insights into the fate of cells

NATURE PROTOCOLS Imagine tracing the fate of specific cells in deep layers of tissue using minute amounts of an externally triggered contrast medium. The almost unimaginable is within reach today! A new contrast medium in the form of gas vesicles moves this goal (...)[more]

Entry from: 27.09.2017  
Category: Research Highlights

Introducing nano antibodies into living cells

NATURE CHEMISTRY: Researchers report on cell-permeable nanobodies Scientists at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) have managed to introduce tiny antibodies (...)[more]

Entry from: 02.06.2017  
Category: Research Highlights

New therapeutic attack point: Scientists find off-switch for the mTor complex

SCIENCE As the cell's molecular control center, the mTor kinase regulates cellular metabolism, growth and division. However, in cells affected by pathological change, the regulation goes array. Therefore, it would be helpful if the central control could be simply (...)[more]

Entry from: 22.02.2017  
Category: Research Highlights

New insights into the nerve cell: What really happens when a vesicle fuses with the cell membrane

NEURON They are not visible to the naked eye, and yet so many different things depend on them: the vesicles in our synapses. Much research has been done into the fact that these tiny bubbles secrete messenger substances and, in the process, fuse with the cell (...)[more]

Entry from: 02.02.2017  
Category: Research Highlights

Gamma oscillations coordinate food seeking

NATURE Seeking of food is a crucial survival instinct. However, until recently, little was known about how brain regulates this behavior. Scientists at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence in Berlin (...)[more]

Entry from: 20.07.2016  

A “time switch” in the brain improves sense of smell

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS When the brain processes olfactory stimuli, it differentiates between similar smells using subtly modulated signals. Brain examinations and behavioral studies in mice have now shown that neurons with inhibiting characteristics play a key (...)[more]

Entry from: 22.01.2016  
Category: Research Highlights

Milestone for Parkinson's research: The amyloid protein α-synuclein has been visualised in the cell for the first time

NATURE AND NATURE COMMUNICATIONS The protein α-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the Parkinson's-typical amyloid deposits, (...)[more]