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New Microscopy Technique Sheds Light on Fine Structures of Life
Jülich, 6 September 2016 – An international team of researchers including scientists from Jülich made use of an extremely high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy technique involving shock-frozen samples to create a model of the filaments of the bacterium Ignicoccus hospitalis in atomic detail. Amongst other things, its protein fibres are interesting because they resemble the flagellar system which many prokaryotes use for motility. The 3-D model could thus contribute to an improved understanding of these biological propulsion systems.
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Autophagie (Platzhalter)


Autophagy is a highly conserved mechanism in eukaryotes to degrade cellular components. Autophagy plays an important role both in the baseline turnover of intracellular proteins and organelles, as well as in the production of amino acids under starvation conditions. We investigate proteins that are involved in this process. More: Autophagy …


Alzheimer′ s Disease

Alzheimer´s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder and the most common type of dementia. Currently more than 24 million people are affected worldwide. Our research focusses on developing methods for pre-symptomatic diagnosis and new therapeutic approaches. More: Alzheimer′ s Disease …


Biomolecular NMR Center

The Biomolecular NMR Center, which is jointly run by the Institute of Physical Biology at HHU Düsseldorf and the ICS-6, operates various high-field NMR machines and provides an excellent environment for liquid and solid state NMR spectroscopy for structural biology on biologically and medically relevant proteins. More: Biomolecular NMR Center …