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Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis, in which the body's own immune system causes inflammation, are treated with drugs that remove a certain type of immune cells. These are the so-called B cells, whose most important role is the production of antibodies against pathogens, for example during an infection. However, patients under therapy are thus…
What was your first thought after you were told that you would receive the Foundation Award? This must be a joke! Normally, when someone calls and says that you have won something, they are mostly just phishing calls and it is better to hang up quickly. After a very nice conversation with the foundation's notary - Mr Burgemeister – I however was quickly convinced that I had indeed…
In the first step, the researchers isolated the genetic information of immune cells, which are producing anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, from blood samples from local convalescent COVID-19 patients. From the collected antibody genes, they constructed a phage display library. Nearly 200 unique human antibodies binding to the Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) in the spike protein of…
Aus der MHH stammen Bioproben und Daten der „COVID-19-Kohorte“, die seit März 2020 von unterschiedlich stark am Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 erkrankten Patientinnen und Patienten sowie Kontrollproben von Menschen mit anderen Atemwegserkrankungen aus verschiedenen MHH-Kliniken und dem Klinikum Region Hannover gesammelt und verglichen worden sind. Untergebracht ist die COVID-19-Biobank in der Hannover…
“In our vision of the future, microbiology researchers will easily be able to translate existing research data into a deep understanding of microbial species and their molecular-level interactions,” says the consortium’s spokesman, Professor Konrad Förstner from ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences. The consortium’s spokeswoman, Professor Alice McHardy from the…