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Where cancer cells hide from the immune system

Prof. Dr. Falk Nimmerjahn from the Division of Genetics at FAU. (Image: Gerog Pöhlein)FAU researchers have discovered that tumour cells can hide from antibody therapy in bone marrow. Scientists from the Division of Genetics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in collaboration with Universitätsklinikum Erlangen have made a breakthrough discovery in cancer research. For the first time, scientists have been able to simulate the complexity of the human immune system and investigate where cancer cells hide when attacked by the immune system. more...

  • Clouds darken the centre of galaxies

    Gigantic clouds made up of hot gas circulate around the black holes and darken their surroundings like an approaching storm blocking the sun on a summer’s day.Heavy cloud, overcast in some places and strong gusts are to be expected. If there was a weather forecast for distant galaxies, it would sound quite similar – especially for the centre of the galaxies where black holes consume all surrounding matter with an insatiable hunger. An international team of researchers led by Dr. Alex Markowitz from FAU have discovered that gigantic clouds made up of hot gas circulate around the black holes and darken their surroundings like an approaching storm blocking the sun on a summer’s day. more...

  • State-of-the-art medication and innovative cancer treatment

    The image shows a section of the M2 G protein-coupled receptor in an activated state. (Image: Receptor Dynamics project)Two new international graduate schools funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB) will make a significant contribution to medical research. Young researchers are developing state-of-the-art drugs for disrupting communication between cells and examining methods of cancer treatment which strengthen the immune system.Cancer cells have sophisticated mechanisms which prevent them from being destroyed by the immune system. At the Department of Haematology and Oncology, FAU, working groups aim to break through the immunosuppressive mechanisms of the cancer cells so that they can be targeted by the immune system. more...