Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Sugar molecule helps stomach cells to differentiate between good and bad bugs

September 05, 2017

Max Planck scientists discover novel innate surveillance mechanism to fight off pathogenic Helicobacter strains [more]


Are stem cells the link between bacteria and cancer?

August 17, 2017

New mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection [more]


Emmanuelle Charpentier

February 07, 2017

For Emmanuelle Charpentier, deciphering the functioning of an enzyme previously known only to experts was a life-changing moment [more]

Research publications 2016

An old new weapon against emerging Chikungunya virus

May 12, 2016

Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya virus [more]

Cpf1: CRISPR-enzyme scissors cutting both RNA and DNA

April 20, 2016

Scientists delineate molecular details of a new bacterial CRISPR-Cpf1 system and open possible avenue for alternative gene editing uses like targeting several genes in parallel [more]


Blood test for tuberculosis

March 24, 2016

Biomarkers may be able to predict the risk of developing tuberculosis in future [more]


Possible breakthrough in tuberculosis research on the horizon

March 22, 2016

More than a century after the announcement of an alleged miracle cure against the disease, patients can now hope for new diagnostics and treatment approaches. [more]


Fallopian tubes grown in a Petri dish

January 11, 2016

Max Planck researchers have cultivated the mucosa of human fallopian tubes from stem cells


Research publications 2015

Infectiously fertile

September 22, 2015

A gene that makes male mosquitoes more fertile could also increase malaria transmission [more]


Helicobacter pylori infection leaves a fingerprint in gastric cancer

June 11, 2015

After an infection with Helicobacter pylori, gene activity in the gastric cells resembles the activity of cancer cells [more]


On the way to a new tuberculosis vaccine

March 23, 2015

VPM1002 is being tested in clinical trials as a tuberculosis vaccine in newborns and as a drug against cancer of the bladder [more]


Tuberculosis research takes off

March 23, 2015

Scientists call for a global strategy for the development of new tuberculosis vaccines [more]

Research publications 2014

Chlamydia knock out the body’s own cancer defence

November 14, 2014

By breaking down the cancer-suppressing protein p53, Chlamydia prevent programmed cell death and thereby favour the process of cancer development [more]


New weapon of the immune system discovered

August 13, 2014

Aryl hydrocarbon receptor binds bacterial toxins and initiates their destruction [more]

Research publications 2013

West African bats - no safe haven for malaria parasites

October 21, 2013

West African bats are hosts to a multitude of different haemosporidian parasites [more]


Chlamydia promotes gene mutations

June 20, 2013

Outcome of experimental Chlamydia infections points towards cancer [more]

Research publications 2012

Zooming in on bacterial weapons in 3D

May 21, 2012

Max Planck scientists decipher the structure of bacterial injection needles at atomic resolution [more]


Biosignatures distinguish between tuberculosis and sarcoidosis

May 07, 2012

Various combinations of biomarkers are required to unequivocally diagnose a specific disease [more]


Biting back at malaria

May 03, 2012

Max Planck researchers are searching for vulnerabilities in the life cycle of the malaria parasite [more]


"We need more basic research in Africa"

March 23, 2012

The Max Planck Society, in cooperation with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is establishing a research group in Durban, South Africa [more]


Tuberculosis vaccine being tested in Phase II trial

March 23, 2012

New vaccine expected to provide better protection against tuberculosis in the future [more]

Research publications 2011

The tangled NETs of the immune system

April 27, 2011

Some cells of the immune system catch bacteria: They cast out nets made of proteins and DNA in which the pathogens get tangled up and die [more]


Tuberculosis vaccine passes phase I trial

March 23, 2011

Vaccine candidate is expected to provide better protection against tuberculosis in future [more]


The biosignature of tuberculosis

March 23, 2011

Max Planck researchers discover biomarkers that can be used to identify tuberculosis patients [more]

Research publications 2010

Waiting for the right moment

August 24, 2010

Bacterial pathogens delay their entry into cells [more]


Antibiotics for the prevention of malaria

July 21, 2010

Antibiotic treatment during the liver stage of malaria generates strong protective immunity [more]


Blocking inflammation in the brain

July 01, 2010

Scientists identify a new therapeutic target for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [more]


How bacteria make syringes

June 13, 2010

Scientists reconstruct bacterial transport channel in the test tube [more]


Rescue NET for Lupus patients

May 03, 2010

Scientists find a new insight into Lupus pathogenesis [more]


Gene regulation: Can we stomach it?

February 23, 2010

Max Planck scientists succeed with a novel technique in the fight against the cause of peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer [more]


New strategies in the fight against influenza

January 21, 2010

Scientists in Berlin have now identified new starting points for the treatment of influenza [more]

Research publications 2008

Clinical trial for new tuberculosis vaccine

September 11, 2008

Genetic tuning "sharpens" the vaccine [more]

Research publications 2007

Out of Africa - bacteria, as well

February 14, 2007

Homo sapiens and Helicobacter pylori jointly spread across the globe [more]


A beneficial suicide

January 10, 2007

Programmed cell death protects against infections [more]

Research publications 2006

Evolution of typhoid bacteria

November 24, 2006

Researchers investigate the evolution of the bacterium Salmonella typhi and warn of an increased spread of resistant strains [more]


New potential drug target in tuberculosis

May 29, 2006

Scientists reveal structure of a key tuberculosis protein [more]


Salmonella caught red-handed

March 15, 2006

Salmonella research provides clues to antibiotic development [more]

Research publications 2005

Can anthrax be controlled?

November 11, 2005

Max Planck Researchers discover a protein which is deadly for anthrax bacteria [more]


New Vaccine Protects more Effectively Against Tuberculosis

August 26, 2005

The team of Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin has designed a novel tuberculosis vaccine with high vaccine efficacy. The vaccine has been licensed to the Vakzine Projekt Management who will test it in clinical trials early 2006. The responsible mechanisms for the high efficacy of this vaccine has now been deciphered (Journal of Clinical Investigations, August 18, 2005). [more]


Global commitment of Max Planck Researchers

June 28, 2005

International consortium searches for biomarkers of the natural immune response against tuberculosis - 13 million US-dollar grant awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [more]


Defensins Neutralize Anthrax Toxin

March 15, 2005

Max Planck scientists from Berlin, Germany discover a new immunotherapeutic approach against anthrax [more]

Research publications 2004

Cooperation to create a new Tuberculosis vaccine

October 08, 2004

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology and MOLOGEN initiate development of a new tuberculosis subunit vaccine [more]


Germany starts clinical development of a new Tuberculosis vaccine

March 24, 2004

Federal-financed German research initiative organizes clinical testing of a highly promising vaccine candidate which has been developed in the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology [more]


NETs protect against pathogenic bacteria

March 04, 2004

White blood cells can kill bacteria by trapping them in net-like extracellular structures, report scientists in Arturo Zychlinsky’s lab at the Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin [more]

Research publications 2003

A stomach pathogen "Out of Africa"

March 07, 2003

Max-Planck scientists show that prehistoric human migrations are reflected by the global population structure of Helicobacter pylori. [more]

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