« German–Arabic research network studying unexplored natural substances.
The antibiotic penicillin, the cancer medication taxol, or the anti-malaria drug artemisinin (for which the Chinese scientist Youyou Tu was a joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in October) are examples of important natural substances.
Originally found in plants and microorganisms such as fungi or bacteria, they are now also applied in therapeutic treatment. Such microorganisms produce a variety of different biologically active and chemically challenging molecules that make them a potentially valuable source of new medical drugs. Scientists from Tunisia, Egypt, and Germany are currently working together at Bielefeld University on isolating previously unexplored natural substances from strains of bacteria, characterizing them, and studying their uses in medicine.
The German–Arabic research and training network ‘Novel Cytotoxic Drugs from Extremophilic Actinomycetes’ is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) ‘Change by Exchange’ programme. (…) »
« Working together at Bielefeld University in the search for new natural substances with intriguing biological activities. Back row from left to right: Prof. Dr. Norbert Sewald, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Shaaban, Essam Eliwa, Dr. Ahmed Shokri, Abdelaaty Hamed, Marcel Frese. Front row from left to right: Khaoula Riahi, Ibtissem Mahmoudi, Dr. Imène Zendah El Euch, Carmela Michalek. Photo: Bielefeld University »
Article du 28.10.2015 par Universitaet Bielefeld, site AlphaGalileo