Understanding body and organ function in health and diseases requires a thorough knowledge of the molecular events that take place at the level of individual cells. These cellular processes are carried out by thousands of different molecules, from single proteins to sophisticated megadalton-sized protein complexes. How do these molecules work (individually or as part signaling pathways) to control cellular activities, and how are these molecular machineries dysregulated in various pathological states are the fundamental questions tackled by the teams in the Thematic Unit “Molecular Biology of Diseases (MBD)”. With the ultimate goal of translating molecular advances into novel therapeutic approaches the MBD brings together multifaceted and multidisciplinary group of researchers. Synergistic interactions and strong technological support provide an environment conducive to understanding the physiological and pathological functions of complex molecular machineries.
This day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of this under-researched virus, human T cell Leukemia Virus type 1 (HTLV-1). At GIGA, 3 teams are trying to find better treatments for the devastating diseases it causes.