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Behavioral biologists from Utrecht University and BPRC, studied the contagiousness of yawning among the chimpanzee population in Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. They showed that, as for humans, also the yawning of chimpanzees is contagious. Above all, they showed that chimpanzee male yawns are far more contagious for their conspecifics than female yawns. The study was published in PLOS One.
Some people are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) but do not get clinical symptoms. In these people, antibodies which can neutralize a broad range of HIV isolates have been detected. The breadth of this activity is important since HIV has the capacity to rapidly produce new variants. So far, attempts to mimic nature in animal models, trying to induce antibodies with similar potency and breadth, have failed.
Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA1) is an important protein of the malaria parasite. This protein is regarded as a major vaccine candidate, since immunization with AMA1 has offered protection against malaria in various animal models. Researchers of the BPRC have developed the technology to produce this protein in large quantities, providing the opportunity to test the activity of this protein in humans.
Malaria parasites enter red blood cells to multiply and subsequently invade new red blood cells. This causes the disease malaria. Apical Membrane Antigen-1 (AMA-1), a protein of the malaria parasite plays an important role in the process of red blood cell invasion. Antibodies directed against AMA-1 can block invasion of red blood cells and therebye prevent disease. Therefore this protein is recognised as an important vaccine candidate against malaria.
The Council of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International) has awarded BPRC full accreditation.
Transplantation technologies have improved life expectancy and quality of life for a significant group of people. Current transplantation technologies are partly based on research that has been performed at the BPRC.
On 23 May 2012 Anwar Jagessar successfully defended his thesis entitled "Mechanistic refinement of the common marmoset model for multiple sclerosis"
New drugs against malaria are urgently needed, since resistance against all currently available drugs has been shown. In the leading journal PNAS a new development is reported: a new generation of compounds has been discovered that can attack the parasite at two compartments.
Recombination is an important process in biology. During this process DNA of the parents is exchanged generating a unique combination of DNA in the children. In the absence of this process we would all be equal at DNA level. A natural selection takes place in which benificial combinations remain in the population.