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New structural data on talin explain self-inhibitory mechanism

September 19, 2019
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have elucidated the entire structure of the talin protein with the help of cryo-electron microscopy. The new findings explain the protein’s self-inhibitory mechanism. [more]
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MPIB-Emeritus Axel Ullrich is awarded with Lasker Award 2019

September 10, 2019
Axel Ullrich, together with H. Michael Shepard and Dennis J. Slamon, receives the highest biomedical scientific award in the United States for the invention of Herceptin. [more]
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F.-Ulrich Hartl receives Breakthrough Prize 2020

September 05, 2019
The biochemist Hartl and the geneticist Horwich are honored with the world’s highest science prize for their groundbreaking discovery of the protein folding, assistans, chaperones. [more]
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Two Leopoldina Honors for MPIB Scientists

September 04, 2019
The oldest continuously existing learned society in the world honors Walter Neupert posthumously with the Cothenius Medal and Elena Conti with the Schleiden Medal. [more]
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The importance of interfaces

August 28, 2019
A team of researchers from Germany and the UK discover new approaches on the origin of life. [more]
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The nucleolus – a known organelle with new tasks

July 12, 2019
The nucleolus is a well-known cellular structure that is easily visible under a light microscope. This nuclear structure is known as the site of ribosome production. In a recent study, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, have shown that the nucleolus is also a site of quality control for proteins. When cells are stressed, proteins tend to misfold and to aggregate. To prevent proteins from clumping, some are temporarily stored in the nucleolus. The special biophysical conditions found in this organelle prevent harmful protein aggregation. The results of this study have now been published in the journal Science. [more]
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Walter Neupert, 1939 - 2019

June 27, 2019
The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry mourn the death of their colleague, biochemist Prof. Dr. Walter Neupert, who passed away on 22 June aged 79 years. Walter Neupert worked at the Institute from 2008 to 2017 as a Max Planck Fellow. Inter alia, he was awarded the Ernst Jung Medal in gold and the “Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst” in honor of his outstanding achievements in the field of the biology of mitochondria. “Walter Neupert was an exceptional scientist with a fine sense of how cells function”, says MPIB Director F.-Ulrich Hartl, a former student of Walter Neupert. “The research community have lost a highly-valued mentor and colleague.” [more]
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