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Prof. Iris BruchhausArbeitsgruppe Bruchhaus (Protozoologie)Phone: +49 40 42818-472
Mail: bruchhaus(at)bnitm.de

Dr. Eleonora SchönherrPresse- & ÖffentlichkeitsarbeitPhone: +49 40 42818-269
Mail: presse(at)bnitm.de

Research Highlight

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Binding of malaria parasites to blood vessels of vital organs further deciphered

Plasmodium falciparum is the most dangerous of the various malaria pathogens and, if left untreated, leads to severe, life-threatening disease progression. The malaria pathogen is a parasite and infects red blood cells (erythrocytes). These bind to the walls of small blood vessels and can damage important organs, such as the kidneys, lungs or brain, through lack of oxygen and overactivation of the immune system. The research group led by Prof. Iris Bruchhaus at the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine (BNITM) has deciphered the complex processes that occur during the interaction of infected erythrocytes with different receptors of the blood vessel walls. The results of this work were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports


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