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Virus multiplication in 3D

16-Dec-2019

Vaccinia viruses serve as a vaccine against human smallpox and as the basis of new cancer therapies. Two studies now provide fascinating insights into their unusual propagation strategy at the atomic level. For viruses to multiply, they usually need the support of the cells they infect. In many ...

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Tuberculosis: New insights into the pathogen

11-Oct-2019

Researchers at the University of Würzburg and the Spanish Cancer Research Centre have gained new insights into the pathogen that causes tuberculosis. The work published in Nature provides the basis for a new approach in antibiotic therapy. Tuberculosis is a highly contagious infectious disease ...

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New findings about anti-malaria drug

30-Jan-2019

Artemisinin is derived from the leaves and flowers of the annual mugwort (Artemisia annua) and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The effectiveness was investigated by the Chinese researcher Tu Youyou. Her research was 2015 rewarded with the Nobel Prize. Artemisinin and ...

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Progress in Super-Resolution Microscopy

20-Dec-2018

Does expansion microscopy deliver true-to-life images of cellular structures? That was not sure yet. A new publication shows for the first time that the method actually works reliably. Immersing deeper and deeper into cells with the microscope. Imaging the nucleus and other structures more and ...

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Stagediving with biomolecules improves optical microscopy

03-May-2018

Physicists from Dresden and Würzburg have developed a novel method for optical microscopy. Using biological motors and single quantum dots, they acquire ultra-high-resolution images. The resolution of conventional optical microscopy is limited by the fundamental physical principle of diffraction ...

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Individual Receptors Caught at Work

Technological developments allow new insights

23-Oct-2017

Using a revolutionary live-cell microscopy technique, an international team of scientist has observed for the first time individual receptors for hormones and widely used drugs at work in intact cells. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are among the "hottest” targets for the therapy of diseases ...

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How receptors for medicines work inside cells

07-Sep-2017

G protein-coupled receptors are the key target of a large number of drugs. Würzburg scientists have now been able to show more precisely how these receptors act in the cell interior. The human genome encodes hundreds of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). These form the largest group of ...

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Chewing gum rapid test for inflammation

Chewing gum to screen for oral inflammation

17-Aug-2017

Dental implants occasionally entail complications: Six to fifteen percent of patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant. This is caused by bacteria destroying the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst case. In future, patients will ...

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Cancer detection with sugar molecules

15-Aug-2017

Scientists from the University of Würzburg have synthesized a complex sugar molecule which specifically binds to the tumor protein Galectin-1. This could help to recognize tumors at an early stage and to combat them in a targeted manner. Galectins are a family of proteins that have become a ...

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Ubiquitous and influential

15-Feb-2017

Scientists at the University of Würzburg have generated new insights into the intricate molecular underpinnings of ubiquitin signaling. Their results may provide new avenues for cancer therapy. The small protein ubiquitin regulates a plethora of physiological and pathophysiological processes in ...

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