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Initial steps to show nerves their growth direction magnetically

Magnetic nanoparticles raise hopes of treatments for Parkinson’s

20-Jan-2021

One reason why nerve damage in the brain cannot regenerate easily is that the neurites do not know in which direction they should grow. A team of researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Sorbonne University Paris, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig is now working on showing them ...

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Designer cytokine makes paralyzed mice walk again

19-Jan-2021

Using gene therapy, a research team has succeeded for the first time in getting mice to walk again after a complete cross-sectional injury. The nerve cells produced the curative protein themselves. To date, paralysis resulting from spinal cord damage has been irreparable. With a new therapeutic ...

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A prognostic Alzheimer’s disease blood test in the symptom-free stage

Memory deficit is a normal side effect of aging. At what point does memory loss become pathological?

08-Jan-2021

Using a blood test, a German-Dutch research team has predicted the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who were clinically diagnosed as not having Alzheimer’s disease but who perceived themselves as cognitively impaired (Subjective Cognitive Declined, SCD). The researchers analyzed blood ...

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New energy conversion layer for biosolar cells

04-Jan-2021

Photosynthetic proteins can convert light energy into other forms of energy. Researchers want to make this technology usable for the industrial production of fuels, for example. A research team from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), together with colleagues from Lisbon, has produced a ...

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Detecting bacteria with fluorescent nanosensors

Luminous carbon nanotubes detect pathogens – and are quick and easy to use

26-Nov-2020

Researchers from Bochum, Göttingen, Duisburg and Cologne have developed a new method for detecting bacteria and infections. They use fluorescent nanosensors to track down pathogens faster and more easily than with established methods. A team headed by Professor Sebastian Kruß, formerly at ...

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Measuring pH locally with terahertz spectroscopy

New method to determine a local pH value near a specific site of a biomolecule

24-Nov-2020

Nowadays, it is easy to determine an average pH for larger quantities of liquid. It is a challenge, however, to define a local pH value. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new method to determine a local pH value near a specific site of a biomolecule. A reliable measurement ...

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Proteomic profiling reveals innovation potential of new antibiotics

Research team intends to use proteomics to accelerate the development of new drugs

21-Oct-2020

The fight against bacterial infections, especially those caused by resistant pathogens, is in full swing with the search for new antibiotic agents. The aim is to identify substances that attack the pathogens in a truly novel way. The team at the Center for Systems-Based Antibiotic Research ...

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Cyanobacteria as green catalysts in biotechnology

Research team genetically eliminated an unnecessary energy consumer - This means that less light is sufficient for catalysis

07-Oct-2020

Researchers from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) show in the journal ACS Catalysis from 4 September 2020 how the catalytic activity of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can be significantly increased. This brings biotechnological and thus ...

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Why drugs sometimes cause receptor potentiation rather than inhibition

Some highly selective drugs cause unexpected effects in nerve cells: they not only reduce the activation of certain receptors, but also their inactivation

05-Oct-2020

In order to treat certain brain diseases more precisely and with fewer side effects, researchers are focusing on drugs that only inhibit distinct subtypes of the receptors responding to the neurotransmitter glutamate. However, under certain conditions, such drugs can elicit the opposite effect: ...

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Tiny helpers turn waste into valuable materials

Leaving oil behind and moving towards renewable raw materials: the chemical industry hopes to succeed in this with the help of microorganisms and enzymes

15-Sep-2020

The idea is that bacteria shouldn’t only convert waste products into valuable chemicals, but also draw energy from them. After all, they too can be reused for subsequent processes. This vision is what drives Professor Dirk Tischler, who heads the Microbial Biotechnology research group at ...

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