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Small, round, versatile: cyclic dipeptides in hydrogels

Researchers from the University of Tübingen have discovered a new type of hydrogelators: cyclic peptides consisting of amino acid building blocks that are also found in the human body. Preliminary work has shown that these hydrogels are excellently suited as carriers for medical substances. In addition, mechanically damaged hydrogels have excellent self-healing capacity and are therefore suitable for injection-based drug delivery.
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Peptides – diverse molecules of life

Peptides exist in all organisms, wherever there are cells. The range of their physiological functions is huge. Biologically active peptides can act as hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors as well as toxins and antibiotics. This is what makes them highly interesting drug leads. They are used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer and other diseases. Despite some drawbacks, peptides are gaining in importance as candidates for drugs and fuelling interest in research into natural and synthetic peptides.
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New insights into apoptotic signalling networks

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The proteins of the Bcl-2 family play a key role in apoptosis. However, their complex interactions are not yet known in detail. A group of researchers is now trying to get to the bottom of this issue. Coordinated by the University of Konstanz, the researchers are jointly investigating the role of the Bcl-2 family signalling network during apoptosis.
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From plant viruses to biomaterials

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Plant viruses can be engineered in many ways for use by and in humans. Amongst other things, they can be used as scaffold structures for bioactive molecules, which might help improve implants. Prof. Dr. Christina Wege from the University of Stuttgart is studying these and many more options for the use of harmless viruses for human application.
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