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Staphylococcus aureus (magenta-colored)
© National Institute of Allergy and Infectious

Natural antibiotic’s multi-level attack strategy helps prevent resistance

The natural antibiotic Lugdunin, discovered three years ago by Tübingen DZIF researchers, attacks pathogenic bacteria in several different ways simultaneously and also interacts with the defense

Hepatitis B virions (orange coloured)
© CDC/Dr. Erskine Palmer

Checkmate for hepatitis B viruses in the liver

Researchers have for the first time succeeded in conquering a chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus in a mouse model. The team showed in its publication, that T-cell therapy can provide a

H1N1 influenca virus particle
© NIAID

Known medicines – new role in combating infections?

Looking for an effective treatment of serious influenza infections, researchers of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have used bioinformatics to screen licensed medicines for their potential efficacy against

Laboratory-synthesized lugdunin
© Universität Tübingen/Sebastian N. Wirtz

Antibiotic Produced by the Microbiome kills Bacteria by Disturbing Energy Metabolism

A research team from the Universities of Tübingen and Göttingen as well as from the German Center for Infection Research has investigated the mode of action of a new class of antibiotics that is

DZIF Prizes for Translational Infection Research

The DZIF Academy is pleased to open the call for applications for two prizes in 2019: the DZIF Prize for Fundamental Translational Infection Research and the DZIF Prize for Clinical Translational

Helicobacter pylori
© HZI/ M. Rohde

Helicobacter pylori: Signs of selection in the stomach

Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. The DZIF team of Professor Sebastian Suerbaum at LMU has now characterized its population structure in

Aedes albopictus
© cdc_James Gathany

Early Dengue Virus Infection could “defuse” Zika Virus

The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America has affected over 60 million people up to now. The infection can have potentially fatal consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children: many

Mucispirillum
© B. Stecher

Gut Microbe helps thwart Salmonella

Salmonella infections can have serious consequences for certain high-risk groups, such as young children, the elderly and individuals whose immune systems are functionally compromised. Most people

DZG Magazin
© DZIF

"Our medicine is research"

The aim of SYNERGIE, the new magazine published jointly by the German Centers of Health Research (DZG,) is to present modern medical research and provide a brief digest of the latest research findings

Tanja Schneider und Team
© Uni Bonn/ Foto: Barbara Frommann

Capsule of bacteria recreated in a test tube

Some bacteria have a protective shell of cross-linked sugar molecules, which among other things, can ward off certain antibiotics. Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Centre for