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The research team behind the new results from Aarhus University. Phd student Goran Bajic is explaining the significance of the new results to Professor Thomas Vorup-Jensen, Professor Gregers Rom Andersen, and Senior Scientist Laure Yatime
By using X-ray crystallography, the Aarhus scientists have revealed in detail how the CR3 receptor on our immune cells recognises the C3d molecule bound on the surface of e.g. pathogens (Figure: Goran Bajic)

2013.09.27 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Public / media

How cells in the immune system eliminate microorganisms and diseased tissue

Danish researchers have determined in atomic detail how an important mechanism in the immune system works. These results could form the basis for improved pharmaceuticals.

Professor Torben Heick Jensen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2013.09.27 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Torben Heick Jensen awarded ERC Advanced Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded an Advanced Grant to Professor Torben Heick Jensen to support his research into genome expression, stability and technology.

Barley and other kinds of grain can be used to produce environmentally friendly plastic (Photo: Janne Hansen)

2013.09.25 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Plastic fantastic from plants

Plants can be used as natural factories for the production of biofriendly plastics. Scientists from Aarhus University have launched a project where they will expand the diversity of products coming off the plant’s production line.

Figure: The structure of the sodium-potassium pump presented in a schematic cell membrane. The extracellular space is situated above and the intracellular space below the figure. The left-hand side of the figure shows the experimental reproduction of the pump’s structure in the sodium-bound state. The reproduction is based on x-ray crystallography. The blue web shows how atoms are situated in long chains of amino acids which make up the protein molecule that constitutes the pump. The central section of the figure is a schematic presentation of the structure in which the different colours represent the various movable parts of the pump. The approximate position of the three Na+ ions is indicated with small, yellow balls. To the right, the structure of the potassium-bound state is shown using the same colour codes and showing the two potassium ions as dark purple balls. The structural changes are evident. The structures correspond to two central steps in the pump’s functional cycle, which pumps three sodium ions out of the cell for every two potassium ions pumped in.
Maria Nyblom (Photo: private)
Pontus Gourdon (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)
Hanne Poulsen (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2013.09.19 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Crucial new insight into the secrets of Nobel Prize-winning pump

Jens Chr. Skou was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the sodium-potassium pump. Now, a team of researchers from Aarhus has completed the description of its structure. A result which is of vital importance for our understanding of the body's functions and essential for our understanding of illness and for the development of new medicines.

The digestibility of cereals can be improved by combining the right varieties with specific enzymes. Foto: Janne Hansen

2013.09.18 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Improving feed digestibility saves resources

The right combination of cereals and enzymes can improve feed digestibility and benefit the environment, animal health and the economy.

New international research network receives 11.5 million Euro to study epilepsy
Jørgen Kjems

2013.09.17 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New international research network receives 11.5 million Euro to study epilepsy

Newly formed European-led consortium working towards new understanding and treatment breakthroughs for epilepsy receives 11.5 Million funding by European Union. Jørgen Kjems from the Department of Molecular Biology/iNANO is head of the research group from Aarhus participating in the consortium.

2013.09.10 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Hadi Esfandyari awarded prize for the best poster at an international conference

PhD student Hadi Esfandyari received the award for best poster in animal genetics at 64th Annual Meeting of EAAP of the European Association of Animal Science.

Joseph Lyons (left) receives The Young Investigator Award at Diamond Light Source

2013.09.05 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Joseph Lyons receives The Young Investigator Award at Diamond Light Source

Joseph Lyons receives the award in recognition of the work carried out during his PhD studies on the development of a lipid mediated crystallisation method and its application to membrane proteins, which involved extensive use of the I24 beamline at Diamond Light Source. In addition to the honour of winning the award, Joseph Lyons receives GBP500.