Dissemination of research results

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics publishes regularly articles to various media (newspapers, TV, online media) with results from the department in connection with the publication of some of the staff's scientific articles.

In connection with their PhD defence, the students make a popular description of their research for the media.

In addition, several researchers actively participate in debates in the media and produce science articles and books.


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Figure: Crystal structure of the RBM7–ZCCHC8 core complex shown in two orientations. RBM7-RRM (in green) folds into the typical globular domain with four antiparallel <em>&beta;</em>-strands (<em>&beta;</em>1–<em>&beta;</em>4) at the front and two <em>&alpha;</em>-helices at the back (<em>&alpha;</em>1 and <em>&alpha;</em>2). ZCCHC8 Pro (proline rich region, in pink) positions the N terminus at the top of the RRM and then stretches downward, laying over helix <em>&alpha;</em>1 and reaching the bottom of the domain where it makes a <em>&sim;</em>90° bend and continues laterally with an <em>&alpha;</em>-helix (helix <em>&alpha;</em>A), then twists into a <em>&sim;</em>90° coil and continues upward with a second <em>&alpha;</em>-helix (helix <em>&alpha;</em>B), reaching the top of RBM7-RRM. Finally, ZCCHC8-Pro makes another <em>&sim;</em>90° bend and extends laterally over helix <em>&alpha;</em>2, ending with a short helical turn. The C- and N-terminal residues of ZCCHC8-Pro interact with each others at the top of RBM7-RRM.

2016.12.07 |

Discovery of connection between RNA splicing and decay machineries

RNA synthesis, splicing and degradation are key activities in eukaryotic gene expression regulation. A collaborative effort between researchers from the Max Planck Institute, Martinsried and Aarhus University now reveals the physical basis for linking RNA degradation to the splicing process.

The Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 goes to Professor Poul Nissen Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2016.11.23 |

The Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 goes to Professor Poul Nissen

Professor Poul Nissen has won the prestigious Director Ib Henriksen Foundation’s Researcher Award 2016 for his outstanding efforts in structural biology. The foundation justifies the choice of Professor Nissen with his ability to promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation in his field of research.

Images depicting <em>Lotus japonicus</em> wild-type (a) and nodule symbiosis-deficient mutant plants: lhk1-1 (b), nfr5-3 (c), nin-2(d) following harvest. For nodulating genotypes (a and b), insets present close-up view of nodules. Scale bars correspond to 1 cm. Photos: Rafal Zgadzaj, Section for Plant Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, AU.

2016.11.21 |

Nitrogen fixing symbiosis is crucial for legume plant microbiome assembly

New findings from the study of legumes have identified an unknown role of nitrogen fixation symbiosis on plant root-associated microbiome, which agriculture may benefit from in the future.

Corneal dystrophy is an eye disease causing protein deposits in the cornea leading to decreased or complete lack of vision. The existing treatment options are not sustainable, and therefore it would be ideal if there were other non-surgically ways to treat the disease, and this is exactly what a team of researchers from Aarhus University and Aalborg University Hospital have joined forces to find. Photo: Eung Kweon Kim, Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

2016.11.16 |

Researchers intend to find a better treatment for corneal dystrophy

Corneal dystrophy is an eye disease causing protein deposits in the cornea leading to decreased or complete lack of vision. The existing treatment options are not sustainable, and therefore Danish researchers intend to find a better and long lasting treatment for the disease.

Models of NEXT- and PAXT-dependent nuclear RNA decay assemblies. Schematic comparison of protein-protein links within the NEXT complex (left) and the PAXT connection (right). While both NEXT and PAXT pathways appear capable of detecting capped RNA by virtue of their physical linkages to the CBC, the different RNA binding proteins (RBM7 for NEXT and PABPN1 for PAXT) discriminate their specificities. Question mark indicates that the ZFC3H1-PABPN1 linkage might not be direct.

2016.11.07 |

Newly discovered RNA decay pathway inside human nuclei

Genomes are promiscuously transcribed into RNA. However, not all of this material is immediately useful, which means it has to be targeted and degraded in order to sustain cellular life. A newly discovered RNA decay pathway functioning inside human nuclei does just that.

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