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German research find way to specifically switch off autoimmunity

14.07.2009

Essen – German researchers have found a way to turn immune effector cells – such as T-helper cells, which attack specific antigens on the surface of transplants – into immunosuppressive regulatory T-cells (Tregs) (J. Cell Mol.Med., doi: 10.111/j.1582-4934.2009.00782.x). The research group under Jan Buer from Essen University hospital succeeded in reprogramming T-effector cells into Tregs through overexpression of the newly discovered FoxP3 regulator GARP. In contrast, GARP inhibition in Tregs abolished their immunosuppressive effects. According to Buer, GARP is exclusively expressed in Tregs, and is the long-awaited marker that makes it possible to distiguish T-cell populations that carry the same surface antigens (CD4+ CD25+) but differ concerning the immunosuppressive phenotype. The discovery opens a way to switch off specific T-effector cell populations, a possible approach for treating autoimmune diseases.

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21.12.2011

Martinsried/Paris - Sanofi has done some Christmas shopping in Munich and has licensed Scil Technology’s programme for the regenerative treatment of osteoarthritis and cartilage disorders. Under the agreement, Scil could reap up...

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20.12.2011

Monheim - It's nearly Christmas, and Bayer Crop Science gives out some presents. As the company announced, a $750 million settlement with U.S. rice farmers is now binding and can move forward. In summer the German firm had agreed...

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16.12.2011

Bonn – Germany’s federal government is prolonging one of its most successful measures to date for stimulating the establishment of high-tech companies – the High-Tech-Gründerfonds (HTGF). The HTGF was launched in 2005 with €272m...

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15.12.2011

Leverkusen – One short statement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) means one giant step for German biotech company Biofrontera. The agency issued a favourable opinion on the firm’s marketing approval application for its...

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15.12.2011

While the European sovereign debt crisis keeps capital markets in a choke-hold, with potential negative effects on the financing situation in many industries – including biotech – there was encouraging news for drug-developing...

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08.12.2011

Heidelberg – There is still life in the European life science finance. EMBL Ventures has closed a €40m fund. The early stage investor and the venture capital arm of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory(EMBL) announced the...

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03.11.2011

Düsseldorf – BIO-Europe 2011 in Düsseldorf has again broken all previous records in terms of participants and company numbers. More than 3,000 representatives from 1,800 companies registered for Europe‘s largest partnering event....

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02.11.2011

Brussels/San Francisco – As the biggest biotech partnering event on the continent, BioEurope, draws to a close, the venture capital community sent ambivalent messages for life sciences. Dow Jones VentureSource, an analyst,...

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