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Coming closer to the menu of tuberculosis
Jülich, January 14, 2020 – Certain white blood cells, the macrophages, eat foreign proteins and microorganisms as part of the innate immune defence. But unlike other pathogens, eaten tuberculosis bacteria can survive inside the macrophages. Various aspects play a role here. Scientists at Research Centre Jülich and the University of Surrey in Great Britain have now determined the menu of the eaten pathogens. The researchers have also identified a promising target for new drugs.
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IBG-1 – an interdisciplinary team

Biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form an interdisciplinary team with a common aim: the use of microorganisms or isolated enzymes for the synthesis of bio-products from renewable carbon sources.

Exploiting the natural capabilities of microorganisms

For thousands of years mankind has employed the metabolism of microorganisms, e.g. for the making of bread, cheese, wine, or beer. However, the enormous potential of microorganisms and enzymes for the synthesis of new bio-products, such as basic or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and proteins, from renewables is still not exploited to a large extent.

Sustainable products and processes

Research at IBG-1 aims at a detailed molecular understanding of microorganisms and enzymes which are used as biocatalysts and includes approaches of systems biology and synthetic biology. The resulting knowledge and technologies are used for the development of novel resource-efficient and sustainable bio-processes, thereby reducing our dependency on fossil carbon sources, in particular crude oil.