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Antagonists of protein-protein interactions

Activity Code: PEOPLE-2007-4-1.IOF
Coordinator: Dr Ronald Frank, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research


Dysregulation of cytokine gene expression and cytokine regulated gene expression is the root cause of many diseases including viral and bacterial infections and chronic inflammation. In recent years, a variety of molecular biology and biochemistry research tools enabled the study of direct protein-protein interactions among various cytokine receptors and transcription factors which establish, maintain, and coordinate transcriptional regulation of cytokine genes.

Currently, novel technologies and emerging statistical tools have enabled the use of translational genomics which involves the study of large sets of genes and proteins, with the goal of understanding systems, not simply components. An excellent complement to state of the art will be to apply translational genomic tools and molecular biology techniques to establish novel experimental models leading to a functional understanding of disease and the development of systems-based medical solutions. The aim of this proposal is to enable the researcher to acquire substantiated state of knowledge in translational genetics in the partner organisation "Translational Genomics Research Institute" (TGen) which provides the data and tools necessary to identify the genes that play a role in hereditable diseases.

Project Details:

Start Date: 15.03.2008
End Date: 14.03.2011
EU Contribution: 318,727 Euro
Total Costs: 318,727 Euro
Funding Scheme: International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
Administrative Contact Person: Michael Strätz, Michael.Straetz@helmholtz-hzi.de
Scientific Coordinator:
Dr Ronald Frank, ronald.frank@helmholtz-hzi.de