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Dust mite allergens trigger inflammatory responses

Dust mite allergens activate the pulmonary immune system, thereby triggering allergies

02-Jul-2020

A research team at MedUni Vienna, working in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has discovered how certain dust mite allergens activate a well-known inflammatory factor – serum amyloid A protein –and can thus “trim” the lung tissue “in the direction of allergy”. The ...

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Cow's milk protein beta-lactoglobulin prevents allergies

New key molecule for the so-called protective farm effect

01-Jul-2020

Numerous studies have shown that growing up on a farm and drinking natural, unprocessed cow's milk in early childhood protects against the development of immunoglobulins E (IgE), which are responsible for allergy symptoms. A recent study led by Franziska Roth-Walter and Erika Jensen-Jarolim from ...

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Sugar as a remedy for the common cold

Start-up developing therapies to combat viral infections

11-Mar-2020

Viral infections are currently more topical than ever. Not only are coronavirus and influenza constantly in the news but it is also the season for colds – and, as we all know, colds are caused by rhinovirus. A Medical University of Vienna start-up, "G.ST Antivirals GmbH" now has viral infections ...

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Drug development: Nature-derived peptides as molecular tools to study cellular signalling

19-Dec-2019

A group of researchers of the Institute of Pharmacology at the Medical University of Vienna in collaboration with the University of Vienna and different institutions in Australia, has shown that a certain peptide hormone derived from a mite activates selectively a specific secondary messenger ...

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High-fat maternal diet can cause brain damage in the unborn child

20-Nov-2019

A study team at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research has found that high-fat maternal diets can cause life-long changes in the brain of the unborn offspring. When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous ...

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The genetics of suicide risk

08-Oct-2019

While searching for biological markers for suicide risk, a Viennese research team has gained new insights into the relationship between environmental factors and genetics. Traumatic childhood experiences play an essential role and leave traces in the brain. To a large extent, suicide is a taboo ...

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A healthy lifestyle prevents dementia

20-Sep-2019

A healthy lifestyle can significantly delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. The lifestyle that people follow between the ages of 40 and 60 already plays a major role in this. "People who have taken care of themselves and their bodies in their earlier years reduce ...

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How “good cholesterol” gets to do even more good work

13-Aug-2019

In order for a tumour to grow, it needs cholesterol to build new cell walls. At the same time, the so-called “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is regarded as a protective factor against cancer. Schrödinger fellow Raimund Bauer investigated the effect of HDL on tumours more ...

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Protein hitch hiking into the cancer cell: the next generation of platinum drugs

The young spin-off "P4 Therapeutics" was awarded with the "Der Brutkasten Media Award"

02-Jul-2019

An interdisciplinary team of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna has developed a new platinum compound with great potential as anticancer drug. Based on a new strategy, scientists around Christian Kowol from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna and ...

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Previously unknown bacterial strain identified

10-May-2019

Experts from MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital have identified a previously unknown bacterial strain of the genus Leptospira. Infection with this bacterium triggered unusual neurological symptoms, reminiscent of myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease in which signal transmission is ...

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