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A small protein with many applications

Researchers from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University have collaboratively developed and described a llama-antibody that might have significant impact for future diagnostics and treatment of, e.g., kidney diseases.


New research concerning an immune system accelerator leads the way for treatment of infections and cancer

New research results give an improved basic scientific understanding of how the innate immune system works, which – among other things – opens up for new possibilities for the treatment of various diseases.


A new model for activation of the immune system

By studying a large protein (the C1 protein) with X-rays and electron microscopy, researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have established a new model for how an important part of the innate immune system is activated. The activation of the C1 protein is a fundamental mechanism in immunology, and therefore the new research results also have medical potential. 

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The therapeutic antibody eculizumab caught in action

In collaboration with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., scientists from Aarhus University have used X-rays to understand how the therapeutic antibody eculizumab prevents our immune system from destroying red blood cells and damaging kidney tissue.

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Aarhus scientists look through the mirror to reveal the secrets of a new drug

Forskningsresultater fra Aarhus Universitet kan hjælpe med at udvikle medicin mod betændelsestilstande.

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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.

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Chain reaction in the human immune system trapped in crystals

A research team from Aarhus University has revealed details of how a chain reaction in the human immune system starts. With these results, the researchers hope to promote the development of strategies aimed at alleviating suffering caused by unintentional activation of the immune system.

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Poisonous snake protein reveals immune system activation

By studying a protein from cobra venom, scientists from the Department of Molecular Biology at Aarhus University discovered how a crucial part of the innate immune system is activated during infections, for example. This new knowledge makes it easier to develop new specific drugs against conditions such as arthritis and allergies.

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X-rays reveal how virus exploits the infected host

New research reveals how the interaction between host and virus enables multiplication of the virus during an infection. This knowledge can be used to inhibit reproduction of the virus. The results may therefore have implications for the development of antiviral drugs against polio virus and the hepatitis C virus, for example.

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Danish breakthrough in vitamin research

Scientists from Aarhus University have discovered how the body absorbs vitamin B12. The discovery was described today in an article in the leading scientific journal Nature by a research team at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and the Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University.

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The war waged by staphylococci against the immune system shows new ways of combating disease

The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is involved in a number of serious inflammatory diseases. Recent research has shown that this bacterium wages war against our immune system by producing many different proteins that bind to proteins from our own immune system. Our defence against microorganisms is based on a fast-acting system called innate immunity and a slower system called adaptive immunity, which results in the well-known production of antibodies, for example. The two systems work together, and when the innate immune system detects a pathogenic organism, it alerts and stimulates the adaptive immune response. In figurative terms, this corresponds to lightly armed troops confronting the enemy first and then summoning the heavy artillery, which then moves in.

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Molecular medicine: 16 years of research in the immune system now pay off

Since 1992, a research team from the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Aarhus headed by Associate Professors Lars Sottrup-Jensen and Gregers Rom Andersen has determined the three-dimensional structure of proteins participating in the immune defense system. The researchers have now succeeded in describing the structure of a key protein from the human immune system, and these results pave the way for new strategies for preventing for instance the rejection of transplanted organs. This highlight in the group's research has just been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Immunology..

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Honorary awards, large research grants, etc.


Aarhus University participates in a new Oresund-Kattegat-Skagerak EU Life Science Network

Gregers Rom Andersen and Poul Nissen from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, participate in a new three-year EU project for the Oresund-Kattegat-Skagerak (OKS) area, which has received a grant from the EU of EUR 3.6 million.


New initiative will promote brain research in Denmark

Five of Denmark’s leading researchers on structural biology will collaborate on a project to gain insight into the brain’s functions and diseases. The initiative is called BRAINSTRUC and funded by Lundbeckfonden with up to DKK 60 million over a five-year period.

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The teacher of the year

Gregers Rom Andersen was awarded the prize as the best teacher of year 2014 at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

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New professor with focus on the immune system

Gregers Rom Andersen has been appointed professor of structural biology at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University

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15 million for new membrane center at Aarhus University

A group of researchers at AU has been granted DKK 15 million to create a new research center forn studying the body's membrane proteins. The following researchers from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics participate in the center: Gregers Rom Andersen, Rune Hartmann, Lene Niemann Nejsum, Poul Nissen, Claus Oxvig and Lea Thøgersen.

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Great international recognition of Gregers Rom Andersen

Gregers Rom Andersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, has achieved great international recognition with his nomination as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The election to EMBO is a recognition of Gregers Rom Andersen’s excellent research within structural biology.

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Millions from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for molecular biologist

Gregers Rom Andersen, Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University, has received the prestigious Hallas-Møller scholarship of 11 million Danish Kroner from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to support the project: Structural studies of complement C5 and C5a receptors with the aim of inhibitor development.

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Sensational international international recognition of student

Researchers around the world dream of getting just one article in Nature or Science, as these two journals are the most recognised and prestigious journals in the world among researchers in science. But a Danish PhD students has now achieved something unheard of in the research. Within two days, 23-24 August 2006, Christian Brix Folsted Andersen, Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University, had his research published in both journals and we are talking about two different projects unrelated to each other. In addition, Christian has achieved these results while he was a student.