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Towards universal influenza vaccines – is Neuraminidase underrated?

While up to now, the constantly changing hemagglutinin has been considered the main protective antigen in influenza vaccines, the more strongly conserved neuraminidase has now aroused the interest of scientists. Researchers at the PEI have shown that the potential of the neuraminidase to confer a broader protection against influenza strains of the same subtype is higher than previously thought.

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Survey on 'Safety for blood donors'

Since April, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut has been carrying out a survey on the safety during the donation of blood and blood plasma, which will end on 30 September 2018. The purpose is to obtain a representative idea on physical reactions in connection with the blood collection. The survey also serves to improve the safety for blood donors in Germany further.

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Defense against viruses or autoimmune disorder? When the phosphate decides …

The first defense line of the body against virus infections is composed of so-called restriction factors. SAMHD1, one of such restriction factors, does not only play a role in the defense against viruses but also in the development of autoimmune disorders and cancer. The question of which effect SAMHD1 exerts in the cell is decided by addition or removal of phosphate groups.

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