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Engineering nanobodies for super-resolution imaging and native protein complex isolation

February 04, 2016
Antibodies serve as tools in research, for example to mark or to isolate proteins. Nanobodies are particularly small antibodies that scientists generate with the help of alpacas and other camelids. They have many advantages but also suffer from drawbacks, for instance when applied in fluorescence microscopy. Researchers headed by Dirk Görlich at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry now developed a method which greatly improves the applicability of nanobodies. [more]

A door opener for cell suicide

January 20, 2016
Every day, billions of cells in our body kill themselves. This is vital to us. Responsible for this self-induced cell death are the power houses of living cells, the mitochondria. When their surfaces become permeable the cell dies. Göttingen scientists have shown for the first time that the so-called Bax proteins form annular structures on the mitochondria. These rings could act as pores and so make the mitochondrial surface permeable. [more]

Melina Schuh is new Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

January 15, 2016
The MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen has appointed Melina Schuh as Director. In her newly established Department of Meiosis at the institute, the biochemist will explore how mammalian oocytes develop and how they mature into fertilizable eggs. She will further investigates how errors during chromosome elimination result in aneuploid embryos and thus miscarriages, genetic disorders, or infertility. [more]

DNA: not just good for genes

January 14, 2016
The "core business" of DNA is undoubtedly to code and store our genetic information. However, DNA can also catalyze chemical reactions like an enzyme. For the first time, Göttingen researchers now solved the spatial structure of a DNA enzyme in atomic detail. They thus provide evidence that also DNA can fold into complex three-dimensional shapes to be catalytically active. [more]

New BMBF funded joint project for rapid detection of multidrug-resistant germs

December 23, 2015
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds a new joint project for developing a rapid and sensitive method to detect multiresistant bacteria. The method shall later be used in hospitals and medical practices. The project is coordinated by Thomas Burg of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and Mahavir Singh of the company LIONEX GmbH in Braunschweig and funded by the BMBF with 2.3 million euros. (in German) [more]

Leibniz Prize for Marina Rodnina

December 10, 2015
Marina Rodnina, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, receives the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2016. The German Research Foundation honors the biochemist for her pioneering contribution to the understanding of the functioning of ribosomes. The most important German science award is endowed with 2.5 million Euros. [more]

University of Basel awarded honorary doctorate to Herbert Jäckle

November 30, 2015
Herbert Jäckle was conferred an honorary degree by the University of Basel (Switzerland) in recognition of "his outstanding contributions in the field of scientific research and his tireless efforts for excellent scientific conditions in the world". (in German) [more]

Göttingen researchers have elucidated why hydrogen atoms bind to metals

November 26, 2015
The Göttingen researchers Oliver Bünermann and Alec Wodtke of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Göttingen have made a big step forward in understanding chemical reactions at surfaces in detail. Their findings could, in future, help to further improve catalytic processes such as emission control and to identify new catalytic materials. [more]

Co-translational protein folding on the ribosome monitored in real time

November 26, 2015
A team of researchers led by Marina Rodnina, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has succeeded in monitoring co-translational protein folding on the ribosome in real time. Their results show that the protein folds sequentially and that the ribosome can, in principle, define the pathway for co-translational folding. [more]

Otto Hahn Prize for Jürgen Troe

November 24, 2015
Jürgen Troe, Emeritus Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and Niedersachsen Professor at the University of Göttingen, has been awarded the Otto Hahn Prize 2015 .The award honors the scientist's outstanding achievements in chemistry and includes a prize money of 50,000 €. It was presented at a ceremony in Frankfurt am Main on November 24, 2015. (in German) [more]

Clemens Plaschka honored with Kulturpreis Bayern 2015

November 19, 2015
Clemens Plaschka, junior scientist at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, was awarded the Kulturpreis Bayern 2015 by the Bayernwerk AG. The company honors Plaschka for his PhD thesis on the structure and function of a protein complex that controls gene activity. The biochemist completed his PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich this year. (in German) [more]

Seaborg Medal awarded to Stefan Hell

October 23, 2015
The Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to Stefan Hell for his pioneering contributions in biochemistry and chemistry. [more]
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