Systems-Oriented Immunology and Inflammation Research

The idea that death can save lives is indeed a truism, but for complex organisms there is a significant protective mechanism in the background. Apoptosis is the name for the “suicide programme”, with which injured, old, mutated or dangerous cells can be deactivated in human tissue. But this suicide program can be misused by pathogens – or it can get out of control. You can read here how scientists are seeking to understand and make use of programmed cellular death in a cooperative research group within the Institute for Molecular and Clinical Immunology at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and the HZI.

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Selected Publications

Plaza-Sirvent C, Schuster M, Neumann Y, Heise U, Pils MC, Schulze-Osthoff K, Schmitz I. (2017) c-FLIP Expression in Foxp3-Expressing Cells Is Essential for Survival  of Regulatory T Cells and Prevention of Autoimmunity. Cell Reports 18:12-22.

Neumann Y, Bruns SA, Rohde M, Prajsnar TK, Foster SJ, Schmitz I. (2016) Intracellular Staphylococcus aureus eludes selective autophagy by activating a host cell kinase. Autophagy 12:2069-2084.

Keil E, Höcker R, Schuster M, Essmann F, Ueffing N, Hoffman B, Liebermann DA, Pfeffer K, Schulze-Osthoff K, Schmitz I. (2013) Phosphorylation of Atg5 by the Gadd45β-MEKK4-p38 pathway inhibits autophagy. Cell Death and Differerentiation 20:321-32.

Schuster M, Glauben R, Plaza-Sirvent C, Schreiber L, Annemann M, Floess S, Kühl AA, Clayton LK, Sparwasser T, Schulze-Osthoff K, Hühn J, Siegmund B, Pfeffer K, Schmitz I. (2012) IkBNS Protein Mediates Regulatory T Cell Development via Induction of the Foxp3 Transcription Factor. Immunity 37:998-1008.

Ueffing N, Schuster M, Keil E, Schulze-Osthoff K, Schmitz I. (2008) Upregulation of c-FLIPshort by NFAT contributes to apoptosis resistance of short-term activated T cells. Blood 112:690-8.

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