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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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The lungs never forget

Specialised T-cells remember allergens

09-May-2019

According to a current study of the Medical University Vienna, specialised T memory lymphocytes in the lungs that react to inhaled allergens, cause attacks of allergic asthma. These T-helper 2-tissue resident memory cells, which are located in the lungs for a lifetime are known as Th2-TRMs, and ...

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From metabolite profiles to molecular biomarkers for colorectal cancer

16-Apr-2019

The aim of a European project (TRANSCAN) is to identify metabolite signatures that are associated with all stages in the development of colorectal cancer. Metabolomic analysis was performed on more than 2,000 plasma samples from individuals with colorectal cancer, colorectal adenoma and a control ...

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New hope for seasonal allergy sufferers

08-Mar-2019

One in three people is plagued by an allergy, triggered by foodstuffs, fungi, house dust mites or on a seasonal basis due to pollen. The latter group is the largest: around 800 million people worldwide suffer from some form of allergy to pollen, with the usual symptoms such as a runny nose, ...

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