Immune response causes organ damage more

The intestinal epithelium forms the barrier between the organism and the environment and is thus exposed to a multitude of damaging factors. Severe injury, e.g. through a bacterial infection or toxic substances can compromise epithelial function. While most patients recover quickly, the disease can become chronic or even fatal for some. It is therefore important to understand the mechanism normally responsible for repairing the damaged epithelium. A team of scientists from the Charité University Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin now showed that the colon epithelium can recover even if all stem cells and dividing cells die as a result of colitis - by converting differentiated cells into stem cells. more

The causality between tumour viruses and human cancers is firmly established, due to the presence of transforming viral genes in the resulting cancers. Although there is much evidence that certain bacterial infections, in particular chronic ones, can also lead to the development of cancer, it has been much more difficult to provide conclusive proof. Thomas Meyer together with Thomas Rudel and Jacques Neefjes organized this comprehensive meeting to bring together international experts in a number of related fields to focus on how this causality can be established. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30th, and a number of abstracts will be selected for a short talk. more

If bacteria damage the long-lived stem cells of the stomach, this can lead to the development of cancer. Researchers at the MPI for Infection Biology and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin in Berlin have now revealed that the gastric stem cell pool can actively defend the stem cell niche against bacteria. more

'A moving target'

April 25, 2019

Interview with Elena Levashina on the state of malaria research on World Malaria Day 2019 more

Interview with Elena Levashina on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes against malaria more

Max Planck scientists investigated the dissemination mechanisms of malaria more

Researchers discover how bacteria could promote inflammation and the development of ovarian cancer more

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Tuberculosis in the blood

December 06, 2018
By analyzing the chemicals in the blood, scientists can find out who develops active tuberculosis more
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