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Welcome to ZMB

The Center of Medical Biotechnology (ZMB) is an interdisciplinary scientific center of the University of Duisburg-Essen, integrating medical research at the University Hospital and natural sciences at the Campus.

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UDE Postdoc Seed Funding awarded to Dr. Mike Blüggel

Dr. Mike Blüggel has been awarded funding through the UDE Postdoc Seed Funding program. This seed funding will support Dr. Blüggel in the implementation of his research project titled "SuNdowner: Targeted Protein Degradation using PROTAC-Survivin Nanobodies".
Currently, Dr. Blüggel is conducting research in the Westermann lab (Molecular Genetics I). Starting in July 2024, he will continue his research in the Knauer lab (Molecular Biology II).

UDE Postdoc Seed Funding Programme

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Main Research Area Biomedical Sciences Exploring ELH (MRI) Hardware

Are you curious about 7T MR imaging and eager to implement a study at the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ELH) but unsure about the resources and expertise we offer?
We invite you to our ELH workshop scheduled for 26.06., 9:30 - 10:30 h in the ELH conference room (Kokereiallee 7, Essen) and via zoom. This workshop is all about digging into the nitty-gritty of what we've got at the ELH. Oliver Kraff and Stefan Maderwald, the ELH physicists, as well as Markus May, the head of our RF laboratory, will give you a chance to see what's in our toolkit for your research projects (7T MRI system, fMRI, coils, 3D printer ...).

Erwin L. Hahn Institute

Workshop Info
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CRC1430 Guest Speaker Series

23.07.2024
Jacques Neefjes, Cell and Chemical Biology, Leiden University Medical Center

29.10.2024
Sandra Iden, Cell & Developmental Biology, Saarland University

26.11.2024
Georg Winter, Center for Molecular Medicine, Austrian Academy of Sciences

All events start at 5.15pm in room S05V01E69.

For further information please contact crc1430@uni-due.de.

Press Releases 2024/2023

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Spitzenforschung in der Research Alliance Ruhr Dana Branzei für Humboldt-Professur 2025 an der UDE ausgewählt

[13.06.2024] Spitzenforscherin Dana Branzei wurde von der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung für die Humboldt-Professur 2025 ausgewählt. Die internationale renommierte Expertin für Molekularbiologie forscht derzeit am Forschungsinstitut für molekulare Onkologie in Mailand zu Mechanismen der DNA-Reparatur und trägt damit zum grundlegenden Verständnis von Krebsentstehung und -therapie bei. Sie soll an die Universität Duisburg-Essen in das Research Center One Health Ruhr der Research Alliance Ruhr berufen werden.

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Neuer Therapieansatz für Leukämie an der UDE entwickelt Extrazelluläre Vesikel beeinflussen Knochenmark-Stammzellen

[05.06.2024] Winzige körpereigene Botenstoffe – große Informationswirkung: Kleine extrazelluläre Vesikel sind nur 30 bis 200 Nanometer groß und werden von nahezu allen Zelltypen im menschlichen Organismus freigesetzt. In ihnen transportieren sie Moleküle, die an andere Zellen weitergegeben werden und so Informationen übermitteln. Diese Art der Kommunikation spielt bei der Entstehung von Krebs eine wichtige Rolle, da sie das Tumorwachstum und die Bildung von Metastasen beeinflusst. Ein Forschungsteam der Medizinischen Fakultät der UDE konnte nun nachweisen, dass die kleinen extrazellulären Vesikel bei akuter myeloischer Leukämie (AML) an der Verringerung der Differenzierung mesenchymaler Stromazellen (MSC) in der Mikroumgebung des Knochenmarks beteiligt sind. Die Entdeckung, wie diese Blockade funktioniert, könnte die Behandlung der meist noch sehr jungen AML-Patient:innen in Zukunft verbessern.

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Molecular Stop Signal Identified The Surveillance System of Cell Division

[04.06.2024] Several million cells divide every second in our bodies. During nuclear division (mitosis), the genetic material must be distributed correctly and completely between the daughter cells - errors in this process can lead to defective developments or genetic disorders, and many cancer cells are also characterised by unequal numbers of chromosomes. Therefore, if errors in the division process become apparent, the cell can stop it. Biologists at the University of Duisburg-Essen have been able to elucidate this process at a molecular level. The scientific journal ‘Current Biology’ has published their findings.

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Vortragsreihe: Sex and Gender in the Life Sciences Geschlechtersensible Forschung

[08.05.2024] Von Suchtverhalten über Krebsbehandlungen bis hin zur Demenz: Frauen und Männer können an denselben Erkrankungen leiden, trotzdem kann sich das jeweilige Krankheitsgeschehen sehr unterschiedlich darstellen. Die Vortragsreihe „Sex and Gender in the Life Sciences“ beleuchtet diese Abweichungen anhand laufender Verbundforschungsprojekte. Organisiert wird sie vom Profilschwerpunkt Biomedizinische Wissenschaften – repräsentiert durch das Zentrum für Medizinische Biotechnologie und das Erwin L. Hahn Institut für Magnetresonanztomographie – sowie dem Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung. Die Veranstaltungen starten am 14. Mai, online und auf Englisch.

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1,8 Mio Euro für NeuSTaRT Neue Therapien gegen kindliche Hirntumore

[07.05.2024] Medulloblastome sind die häufigsten bösartigen Hirntumoren bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Sie wachsen sehr schnell im Bereich des Kleinhirns, das für die körperliche Bewegungskoordination zuständig ist, und dringen leicht in umliegendes Gewebe ein. Um die Behandlung der jungen Krebspatient:innen zu verbessern, arbeiten Forschende der Medizinischen Fakultät der UDE und des Universitätsklinikums Essen mit dem Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf zusammen, das das Konsortium leitet. Das Bundesforschungsministerium unterstützt das Projekt NeuSTaRT* mit knapp 1,8 Millionen Euro, nach Essen fließen rund 550.000 Euro.

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Immuntherapie bei Lungenkrebs Schon vor einer OP wirksam

[06.05.2024] Schon nach wenigen Wochen kann die gleichzeitige Hemmung zweier "Immunschalter" zur Abtötung von Lungenkrebszellen führen. Das fand jetzt ein internationales Forschungsteam unter Leitung der Universitätsmedizin Essen heraus. Über den vielversprechenden Therapieansatz berichtet die Zeitschrift „Nature Medicine“ in ihrer aktuellen Ausgabe.

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After stroke and heart attack A cause of immunodeficiency identified

[23.04.2024] Every year, between 250,000 and 300,000 people in Germany suffer from a stroke or heart attack. These patients suffer immune disturbances and are very frequently susceptible to life-threatening bacterial infections. Until now, little was known about the underlying mechanisms of this immune dysfunction. Research teams from the Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital of the UDE and the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences in Dortmund have now uncovered a previously unknown cause – and a therapeutic approach. These findings are published in the May 2024 issue of the Journal Nature Cardiovascular Research.

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DFG fördert Studie zu Schilddrüsenhormonen Neue Therapien vermutet

[10.04.2024] Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert ein Wissenschaftsteam der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) bei der Forschung an neuen therapeutischen Anwendungsgebieten für Schilddrüsenhormone. Dr. Sebastian Hönes von der Klinik für Endokrinologie, Diabetologie und Stoffwechsel des Universitätsklinikums Essen (UK Essen) leitet die klinische Studie. Die Erkenntnisse sollen potenziell zu neuen Behandlungsmethoden führen, beispielsweise bei Herzinfarkt, Schlaganfall oder Stoffwechsel-Erkrankungen. Für sein Vorhaben erhält Dr. Hönes von der DFG eine Förderung von knapp 300.000 Euro über einen Zeitraum von drei Jahren.

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Decomposition of Damaged Lysosomes New Signaling Pathway Decoded

[08.04.2024] Lysosomes are the recycling centers in our cells: The spherical organelles break down both endogenous and foreign substances in their insides – for further utilization. As their interior has an acidic pH value, damage to the membrane surrounding the lysosomes is dangerous for cells. Scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen have identified a new signaling pathway that in this case leads to the decomposition of the lysosome. Their findings, published in Molecular Cell, could contribute to the development of new approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

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ZMB Research Programs

Oncology

The concept of this research program is to understand fundamental processes in tumor biology in order to develop novel molecularly defined and rationally applied cancer treatments.

Participating researchers from biology, experimental and clinical medicine study tumors as “biological systems" and so called “neo-organs”.

A large variety of approaches, experimental systems and methodologies are in place to analyse many aspects of tumor development, growth, progression and tumor cell migration.

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Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Transplantation

The immune system responds to various pathogens including viruses and bacteria in different ways to prevent severe disease and persistence in the host. Many pathogens, however, have developed mechanisms to evade immune defence.

The molecular and cellular interactions of pathogens with the immune system are studied within this program.

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Molecular and Chemical Cell Biology

Molecular and chemical cell biology is an interdisciplinary research program connecting molecular cell biology and genetics with chemistry and structural biology. Scientists of the participating disciplines collaborate to advance the understanding of basic molecular mechanisms of important biological processes.

The analysis of regulation and deregulation of key pathways is linking basic biology with pathophysiology.

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Latest Publications

    Journal articles

  • Pozniak, Joanna; Pedri, Dennis; Landeloos, Ewout; Van Herck, Yannick; Antoranz, Asier; Vanwynsberghe, Lukas; Nowosad, Ada; Roda, Niccolò; Makhzami, Samira; Bervoets, Greet; Maciel, Lucas Ferreira; Pulido-Vicuña, Carlos Ariel; Pollaris, Lotte; Seurinck, Ruth; Zhao, Fang; Flem-Karlsen, Karine; Damsky, William; Chen, Limin; Karagianni, Despoina; Cinque, Sonia; Kint, Sam; Vandereyken, Katy; Rombaut, Benjamin; Voet, Thierry; Vernaillen, Frank; Annaert, Wim; Lambrechts, Diether; Boecxstaens, Veerle; Saeys, Yvan; van den Oord, Joost; Bosisio, Francesca; Karras, Panagiotis; Shain, A. Hunter; Bosenberg, Marcus; Leucci, Eleonora; Paschen, Annette; Rambow, Florian; Bechter, Oliver; Marine, Jean-Christophe
    A TCF4-dependent gene regulatory network confers resistance to immunotherapy in melanoma
    In: Cell Vol. 187 (2024) Nr. 1, pp. 166 - 183.e25
  • Hedtfeld, Marius; Dammers, Alicia; Koerner, Carolin; Musacchio, Andrea
    A validation strategy to assess the role of phase separation as a determinant of macromolecular localization
    In: Molecular Cell Vol. 84 (2024) Nr. 9, pp. 1783 - 1801.e7
  • Roos, Andreas; Schmitt, Linda-Isabell; Hansmann, Christina; Hezel, Stefanie; Salmanian, Schahin; Hentschel, Andreas; Meyer, Nancy; Marina, Adela Della; Kölbel, Heike; Kleinschnitz, Christoph; Schara-Schmidt, Ulrike; Leo, Markus; Hagenacker, Tim
    Alteration of LARGE1 abundance in patients and a mouse model of 5q-associated spinal muscular atrophy
    In: Acta Neuropathologica Vol. 147 (2024) Nr. 1, 53
  • Massoni-Badosa, Ramon; Aguilar-Fernández, Sergio; Nieto, Juan C.; Soler-Vila, Paula; Elosua-Bayes, Marc; Marchese, Domenica; Kulis, Marta; Vilas-Zornoza, Amaia; Bühler, Marco Matteo; Rashmi, Sonal; Alsinet, Clara; Caratù, Ginevra; Moutinho, Catia; Ruiz, Sara; Lorden, Patricia; Lunazzi, Giulia; Colomer, Dolors; Frigola, Gerard; Blevins, Will; Romero-Rivero, Lucia; Jiménez-Martínez, Víctor; Vidal, Anna; Mateos-Jaimez, Judith; Maiques-Diaz, Alba; Ovejero, Sara; Moreaux, Jérôme; Palomino, Sara; Gomez-Cabrero, David; Agirre, Xabier; Weniger, Marc A.; King, Hamish W.; Garner, Lucy C.; Marini, Federico; Cervera-Paz, Francisco Javier; Baptista, Peter M.; Vilaseca, Isabel; Rosales, Cecilia; Ruiz-Gaspà, Silvia; Talks, Benjamin; Sidhpura, Keval; Pascual-Reguant, Anna; Hauser, Anja E.; Haniffa, Muzlifah; Prosper, Felipe; Küppers, Ralf; Gut, Ivo Glynne; Campo, Elias; Martin-Subero, José Ignacio; Heyn, Holger
    An atlas of cells in the human tonsil
    In: Immunity Vol. 57 (2024) Nr. 2, pp. 379 - 399.e18
  • Teuber, A.; Schulz, T.; Fletcher, B.S.; Gontla, R.; Mühlenberg, Thomas; Zischinsky, M.-L.; Niggenaber, J.; Weisner, J.; Kleinbölting, S.B.; Lategahn, J.; Sievers, S.; Müller, M.P.; Bauer, Sebastian; Rauh, D.
    Avapritinib-based SAR studies unveil a binding pocket in KIT and PDGFRA
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 15 (2024) Nr. 1, 63
  • Lu, I-Na; Cheung, Phyllis Fung-Yi; Heming, Michael; Thomas, Christian; Giglio, Giovanni; Leo, Markus; Erdemir, Merve; Wirth, Timo; König, Simone; Dambietz, Christine A.; Schroeter, Christina B.; Nelke, Christopher; Siveke, Jens; Ruck, Tobias; Klotz, Luisa; Haider, Carmen; Höftberger, Romana; Kleinschnitz, Christoph; Wiendl, Heinz; Hagenacker, Tim; Meyer zu Horste, Gerd
    Cell-mediated cytotoxicity within CSF and brain parenchyma in spinal muscular atrophy unaltered by nusinersen treatment
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 15 (2024) Nr. 1, 4120
  • Heger, Jan-Michel; Mattlener, Julia; Schneider, Jessica; Gödel, Philipp; Sieg, Noëlle; Ullrich, Fabian; Lewis, Richard; Bucaciuc-Mracica, Teodora; Schwarz, Roland F.; Rueß, Daniel; Ruge, Maximilian I.; Montesinos-Rongen, Manuel; Deckert, Martina; Blau, Tobias; Kutsch, Nadine; Balke-Want, Hyatt; Weiss, Jonathan; Becker, Kerstin; Reinhardt, H. Christian; Hallek, Michael; Borchmann, Peter; von Tresckow, Bastian; Borchmann, Sven
    Entirely noninvasive outcome prediction in central nervous system lymphomas using circulating tumor DNA
    In: Blood Vol. 143 (2024) Nr. 6, pp. 522 - 534
  • George, Julie; Maas, Lukas; Abedpour, Nima; Cartolano, Maria; Kaiser, Laura; Fischer, Rieke N.; Scheel, Andreas H.; Weber, Jan-Philipp; Hellmich, Martin; Bosco, Graziella; Volz, Caroline; Mueller, Christian; Dahmen, Ilona; John, Felix; Alves, Cleidson Padua; Werr, Lisa; Panse, Jens Peter; Kirschner, Martin; Engel-Riedel, Walburga; Jürgens, Jessica; Stoelben, Erich; Brockmann, Michael; Grau, Stefan; Sebastian, Martin; Stratmann, Jan A.; Kern, Jens; Hummel, Horst-Dieter; Hegedüs, Balazs; Schuler, Martin; Plönes, Till; Aigner, Clemens; Elter, Thomas; Toepelt, Karin; Ko, Yon-Dschun; Kurz, Sylke; Grohé, Christian; Serke, Monika; Höpker, Katja; Hagmeyer, Lars; Doerr, Fabian; Hekmath, Khosro; Strapatsas, Judith; Kambartel, Karl-Otto; Chakupurakal, Geothy; Busch, Annette; Bauernfeind, Franz-Georg; Griesinger, Frank; Luers, Anne; Dirks, Wiebke; Wiewrodt, Rainer; Luecke, Andrea; Rodermann, Ernst; Diel, Andreas; Hagen, Volker; Severin, Kai; Ullrich, Roland T.; Reinhardt, Hans Christian; Quaas, Alexander; Bogus, Magdalena; Courts, Cornelius; Nürnberg, Peter; Becker, Kerstin; Achter, Viktor; Büttner, Reinhard; Wolf, Jürgen; Peifer, Martin; Thomas, Roman K.
    Evolutionary trajectories of small cell lung cancer under therapy
    In: Nature (2024) in press
  • Schrader, Thomas; Kubik, Stefan; Braun, Manfred
    Günter Wulff (1935 –2023) : Father of Molecular Imprinting
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2024) e202402244 in press
  • Gahlot, Pinki; Kravic, Bojana; Rota, Giulia; van den Boom, Johannes; Levantovsky, Sophie; Schulze, Nina; Maspero, Elena; Polo, Simona; Behrends, Christian; Meyer, Hemmo
    Lysosomal damage sensing and lysophagy initiation by SPG20-ITCH
    In: Molecular Cell (2024) pp. 1556 - 1569.e10
  • Pleuger, Richard; Cozma, Christian; Hohoff, Simone; Denkhaus, Christian; Dudziak, Alexander; Kaschani, Farnusch; Kaiser, Markus; Musacchio, Andrea; Vetter, Ingrid R.; Westermann, Stefan
    Microtubule end-on attachment maturation regulates Mps1 association with its kinetochore receptor
    In: Current Biology Vol. 34 (2024) Nr. 11, pp. 2279 - 2293.e6
  • Schmidt, Mirko; Grethe, Christian; Recknagel, Sarah; Kipka, Gian-Marvin; Klink, Nikolas; Gersch, Malte
    N-Cyanopiperazines as Specific Covalent Inhibitors of the Deubiquitinating Enzyme UCHL1
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 63 (2024) Nr. 12, e202318849
  • Schuler, Martin; Cuppens, Kristof; Plönes, Till; Wiesweg, Marcel; Du Pont, Bert; Hegedus, Balazs; Köster, Johannes; Mairinger, Fabian; Darwiche, Kaid; Paschen, Annette; Maes, Brigitte; Vanbockrijck, Michel; Lähnemann, David; Zhao, Fang; Hautzel, Hubertus; Theegarten, Dirk; Hartemink, Koen; Reis, Henning; Baas, Paul; Schramm, Alexander; Aigner, Clemens
    Neoadjuvant nivolumab with or without relatlimab in resectable non-small-cell lung cancer : A randomized phase 2 trial
    In: Nature Medicine (2024) in press
  • Heinrich, Michael C.; Jones, Robin L.; George, Suzanne; Gelderblom, Hans; Schöffski, Patrick; von Mehren, Margaret; Zalcberg, John R.; Kang, Yoon-Koo; Razak, Albiruni Abdul; Trent, Jonathan; Attia, Steven; Le Cesne, Axel; Siontis, Brittany L.; Goldstein, David; Boye, Kjetil; Sanchez, Cesar; Steeghs, Neeltje; Rutkowski, Piotr; Druta, Mihaela; Serrano, César; Somaiah, Neeta; Chi, Ping; Reichmann, William; Sprott, Kam; Achour, Haroun; Sherman, Matthew L.; Ruiz-Soto, Rodrigo; Blay, Jean-Yves; Bauer, Sebastian
    Ripretinib versus sunitinib in gastrointestinal stromal tumor : ctDNA biomarker analysis of the phase 3 INTRIGUE trial
    In: Nature Medicine (2024) in press
  • Polley, Soumitra; Raisch, Tobias; Ghetti, Sabrina; Körner, Marie; Terbeck, Melina; Gräter, Frauke; Raunser, Stefan; Aponte-Santamaría, Camilo; Vetter, Ingrid R.; Musacchio, Andrea
    Structure of the human KMN complex and implications for regulation of its assembly
    In: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2024) in press
  • Wirbel, Jakob; Bhatt, Ami S.; Probst, Alexander J.
    The journey to understand previously unknown microbial genes
    In: Nature Vol. 626 (2024) Nr. 7998, pp. 267 - 269
  • Musacchio, Andrea
    Thirty years of structural changes
    In: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2024) in press
  • Day, Matthew; Tetik, Bilal; Parlak, Milena; Almeida-Hernández, Yasser; Räschle, Markus; Kaschani, Farnusch; Siegert, Heike; Marko, Anika; Sanchez-Garcia, Elsa; Kaiser, Markus; Barker, Isabel A.; Pearl, Laurence H.; Oliver, Antony W.; Boos, Dominik
    TopBP1 utilises a bipartite GINS binding mode to support genome replication
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 15 (2024) Nr. 1, 1797
  • Mirsanaye, Ann Schirin; Hoffmann, Saskia; Weisser, Melanie; Mund, Andreas; Lopez Mendez, Blanca; Typas, Dimitris; van den Boom, Johannes; Benedict, Bente; Hendriks, Ivo A.; Nielsen, Michael Lund; Meyer, Hemmo; Duxin, Julien P.; Montoya, Guillermo; Mailand, Niels
    VCF1 is a p97/VCP cofactor promoting recognition of ubiquitylated p97-UFD1-NPL4 substrates
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 15 (2024) Nr. 1, 2459
  • Knittel, Gero; Reinhardt, Hans Christian
    XPO1-Mediated mRNA Export of Genome Maintenance Regulators Drives Chemotherapy Resistance in Aggressive Lymphoma
    In: Cancer Research Vol. 84 (2024) Nr. 1, pp. 3 - 5
  • Choi, Namhyun; Zhang, Yuying; Wang, Yuling; Schlücker, Sebastian
    iSERS : from nanotag design to protein assays and ex vivo imaging
    In: Chemical Society Reviews (2024) in press
  • Articles

  • Tretter, Celina; de Andrade Krätzig, Niklas; Pecoraro, Matteo; Lange, Sebastian; Seifert, Philipp; von Frankenberg, Clara; Untch, Johannes; Zuleger, Gabriela; Wilhelm, Mathias; Zolg, Daniel P.; Dreyer, Florian S.; Bräunlein, Eva; Engleitner, Thomas; Uhrig, Sebastian; Boxberg, Melanie; Steiger, Katja; Slotta-Huspenina, Julia; Ochsenreither, Sebastian; von Bubnoff, Nikolas; Bauer, Sebastian; Boerries, Melanie; Jost, Philipp J.; Schenck, Kristina; Dresing, Iska; Bassermann, Florian; Friess, Helmut; Reim, Daniel; Grützmann, Konrad; Pfütze, Katrin; Klink, Barbara; Schröck, Evelin; Haller, Bernhard; Kuster, Bernhard; Mann, Matthias; Weichert, Wilko; Fröhling, Stefan; Rad, Roland; Hiltensperger, Michael; Krackhardt, Angela M.
    Correction to: Proteogenomic analysis reveals RNA as a source for tumor-agnostic neoantigen identification
    In: Nature Communications Vol. 15 (2024) Nr. 1, 2364