The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association carries out basic biomedical research. We try to understand the causes of diseases at the molecular level, in order to better diagnose, treat and prevent them. Our aim is to transfer our findings as quickly as possible into practical applications.

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Research Highlights


Bent to the task: New dynamin structure reveals how it wraps around membranes

Researchers in Berlin and Hannover have published a new structure of the protein dynamin in the journal Nature. The structure reveals how dynamin building blocks can form larger assemblies. It also shows how mutations that cause certain genetic diseases disrupt dynamin regulation.



Too much salt confuses the immune system

For a long time doctors have warned that a high-salt diet drives blood pressure upwards, increasing a person's risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Now scientists have discovered that salt influences the immune system as well. A team of researchers led by Dominik Müller from the Experimental and Clinical Research Center of the MDC in Berlin-Buch and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has discovered a new mechanism by which salt upsets the equilibrium of the immune system. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.