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ETH Zurich professor Ari Helenius awarded Benoist Prize
Date:9/24/2007

the surface of the cell. The quality control system underlying this phenomenon could be shown to also apply to cellular proteins. By subject-ing proteins to a quality check, cells make certain that newly synthesized pro-teins are correctly assembled and folded and do not endanger the functionality of the cell.

Medicinal uses

By far the greatest importance of Heleniuss research with viruses in the area of medicine is how influenza and other viruses infiltrate cells. Proof that there is a system of quality control has additionally led to recognition that defects in the mechanism are the causes of certain illnesses such as particular forms of diabe-tes and cystic fibrosis, an inherited illness that occurs with relative high fre-quency in Europeans. This makes Professor Heleniuss work of direct interest in the health field.


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Contact: Ari Helenius
ari.helenius@bc.biol.ethz.ch
41-446-326-817
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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