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


What a waste! The molecular causes of muscle wasting in heart failure

New molecular details of why heart failure patients suffer from muscle wasting have been revealed by researchers at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center in Berlin and their collaborators at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The work appears in the August edition of Circulation Research.



New level of gene regulation plays a role in cardiovascular diseases

When genes are read at the wrong time or in the wrong place they can cause a disease. Less well known is the extent to which the following step, the translation of the gene transcripts into proteins, is also prone to errors. Now, a team lead by Prof. Norbert Hübner of the MDC in Berlin-Buch has gained new insights into this process of gene regulation at the level of translation. The researchers recently published their results in the journal Nature Communications.