Researchers at VIB and Ghent University have unraveled the crucial role of a protein (RIPK1) in keeping the gut epithelium intact. The epithelium of the gut plays a critical role in the human body as it allows absorption of nutrients and functions as a barrier to protect our body from intestinal bacteria.
Keeping of this epithelium intact therefore requires tight control, which is ensured by a subtle balance between cell renewal, cell survival and cell death. RIPK1 is a protein that fulfills a dual role as regulator of cell death and cell survival. In many pathological conditions, the pro-death function of RIPK1 is predominant.
Nozomi Takahashi and Peter Vandenabeele (VIB/UGent) found that , under normal conditions, RIPK1 is essential to protect gut epithelial cells from excessive cell death, and thereby ensures the barrier function of this organ from bacterial infiltration. Targeting RIPK1’s functions may therefore open new doors for the therapeutic control of diseases that are characterized by gut inflammation and local barrier loss, such as Crohn’s disease.
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Ghent University rises from place 85 to 70 in the recently published Shanghai ranking, an impressive increase. Again Ghent University has the highest score of all Belgian universities in this world ranking of universities.
Since 2003 the Chinese Shanghai Jiaotong University has lined up a yearly Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This ranking compares the research impact of thousands of academic institutions worldwide, based on criteria such as scientific publications, citations, and the number of researchers in the ‘highly cited’ list.
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