Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Epigenetics between the generations

July 13, 2017

Max Planck researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes [more]


Valuable waste

March 29, 2017

An enzyme keeps the parasites of the genome in check and turns them into an evolutionary advantage [more]

Research publications 2016

Epigenetic switch for obesity

January 28, 2016

Obesity can sometimes be shut down [more]

Research publications 2015

The logistics on the drosophila X chromosome

October 02, 2015

Researchers decode molecular mechanism facilitating dosage compensation in flies [more]

Research publications 2014

Obesity – like father, like son

December 04, 2014

Fruit flies pass down changes in their metabolism from father to son [more]


500 million year reset for the immune system

August 18, 2014

A single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. [more]


HO-1 makes obese individuals sick

July 03, 2014

Study unravels a link between obesity and diabetes and suggests promising therapeutic strategies [more]


Nanoscale order on the B cell

June 25, 2014

Biologists in Freiburg determine the arrangement of cell membrane molecules using a nanoscale tape measure [more]


The Battle of Xs

June 17, 2014

MOF complexes mediate genetic fair play [more]


B-cells aggravate autoimmune diseases

March 04, 2014

Antibody producers regulate the immune response using a recently discovered mechanism [more]


First shark genome decoded

January 08, 2014

Genome of the elephant shark provides new insights into immunity and bone formation [more]

Research publications 2013

Molecular monkey arranges X-chromosome activation

July 25, 2013

Protein moulds RNA to ensure that activating factors can hold on to it [more]

Between B cells and T cells

July 23, 2013

Transcription factor EBF1 reminds cells who they are [more]


New mechanism discovered in meiosis

May 03, 2013

Inactivated, but still active – how modification of an enzyme governs critical processes in sexual reproduction [more]


Protein maintains order in the nucleus

April 04, 2013

Researchers in Freiburg identify a protein responsible for the correct arrangement of the chromosome centromeres in the nucleus [more]


Formula for a biologically effective perfume

January 31, 2013

Max Planck researchers crack the olfactory code for partner selection and synthesise the first biologically effective perfume [more]

Research publications 2012

Cells control energy metabolism via hedgehog signalling pathway

October 11, 2012

Scientists discover novel diabetes and obesity therapy, and potential cause of major side effects from hedgehog inhibitors used as a cancer treatment [more]


Making and breaking heterochromatin

September 25, 2012

Scientists discover two further mechanisms necessary for the formation of heterochromatin [more]


Dosage compensation in male flies: Balance between sexes

July 19, 2012

Chromosomal spreads from salivary glands of male larvae. The X chromosome is decorated by the MSL complex (in yellow), the other chromosomes can be seen in blue. [more]

Regulation of telomerase in stem cells and cancer cells

June 27, 2012

New insights from stem cell research can be applied to human tumours [more]


Artificial thymus tissue enables maturation of immune cells

March 29, 2012

Four signalling substances control the transformation of T cells [more]


Live from the thymus: T-cells on the move

February 17, 2012

For the first time, scientists follow the development of individual immune cells in a living zebrafish embryo [more]

Research publications 2011

Chromosome centromeres are inherited epigenetically

November 03, 2011

The histone protein CenH3 is both necessary and sufficient to trigger the formation of centromeres and pass them on from one generation to the next [more]


Kinetochores prefer the “silent” DNA sections of the chromosome

July 05, 2011

The protein complex responsible for the distribution of chromosomes during cell division is assembled in the transition regions between heterochromatin and euchromatin [more]


A new program for neural stem cells

May 12, 2011

Max Planck researchers succeed in obtaining brain and spinal cord cells from stem cells of the peripheral nervous syste [more]


Primitive vertebrates with an adaptive immune system

February 02, 2011

A key organ found in our adaptive immune system is more common than previously assumed: Max Planck researchers demonstrate the presence of thymus-like structures in the primitive lamprey [more]

Research publications 2010

One lock, many keys

October 06, 2010

Max Planck researchers discover how immune system B-cells can react to very different substances [more]


A life-changing partnership

June 24, 2010

New regulatory complex turning on genes [more]


New nerve cells - even in old age

May 06, 2010

Different types of stem cells exist in the brains of mature and old mice [more]

Research publications 2006

Control Mechanism for Biological Pattern Formation Decoded

November 23, 2006

A team of researchers in Freiburg have revealed the molecular mechanism which regulates pattern formation in the spacing and density of hair follicles. [more]

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