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Ralf Jacob, Prof.


Ralf Jacob studied biology at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany and received his Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology in November 1994. He stayed in the laboratory of Prof. Hassan Naim at the Department of Microbiology in Düsseldorf as postdoctoral fellow for the following year, where he worked on the biosynthesis, processing and sorting of membrane proteins in epithelial cells. As lab head in the Pharma-Research Centre of Bayer AG in Wuppertal he established new screening technologies from 1995 to 1997. Thereafter he was recruited as a group leader in the Department of Biochemistry at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover to continue his work in Prof. Hassan Naim's lab. In 2003 he was appointed to the Philipps University of Marburg.

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  • Webinar: Laser Microdissection in Cancer Research – Mutation Analysis Workflow with Pure Cancer Material

    Cancer can affect various organs and is caused by mutations of the DNA. A prerequisite, to explore and understand underlying gene-mutations involved in the development of a definite type of cancer, is the extraction of pure sample material, which is challenging. In this webinar, we will present how to extract 100% pure cancer tissue for DNA analysis with laser microdissection (LMD). Using tissue samples from human kidney cancer patients as an example, this webinar will provide an overview of the practical considerations when preparing a workflow to obtain highly pure material with the LMD microscope for further molecular analysis.
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  • Three-Dimensional Super-Resolution GSDIM Microscopy

    With the new 3D GSDIM technique structures like the Golgi and the microtubular network are resolved not only laterally, but also in a third dimension. The principle is based on the use of optical astigmatism to determine the accurate lateral and axial position of individual fluorochromes.
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  • Abstracts of the 3rd European Super-Resolution User-Club Meeting

    The 3rd meeting of the Leica Super-Resolution User Club was held from June 17th to 19th, 2013 in collaboration with Alberto Diaspro and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa. Confocal and widefield super-resolution users from ten European countries took three days’ out to deepen their knowledge on super-resolution techniques and applications and make use of an opportunity for full exchange of experiences.
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  • Tubulin Modifications Affect Monolayer Formation and Apical Trafficking in Epithelial Cells

    The development and maintenance of polarized epithelial cells requires the establishment of complicated subcellular machinery. We studied the role of post-translational tubulin modifications within this process. At first, the distribution of detyrosinated microtubules was assessed in MDCK cells via immunofluorescence microscopy. No preferential accumulation of tyrosinated or detyrosinated microtubules could be detected at the apical or basal cell poles in epithelial cell cysts. However, during monolayer formation, the quantities of detyrosinated tubulin increased significantly over time.
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  • Super-Resolution GSDIM Microscopy

    The nanoscopic technique GSDIM (ground state depletion microscopy followed by individual molecule return) provides a detailed image of the spatial arrangement of proteins and other biomolecules within the cell. There is now a first commercial system (the Leica SR GSD) on the market that is helping to make the GSDIM technique available to a wider group of users in research labs and imaging centers.
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  • TIRF Microscopy of the Apical Membrane of Polarized Epithelial Cells

    Application of TIRF microscopy (Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence) allows the visualization of structures at the apical surface of polarized epithelial cells that have been hidden in conventional fluorescence microscopy images. Hence, the approach reveals new insights into the composition of this characteristic cell pole that elucidate processes in apical protein trafficking.
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  • Exploring Cell Logistics

    Using TIRF microscopy, scientists have been able to take a closer look at intracellular transport processes with the example of the galactose-binding protein Galectin-3, which has been identified as a potential apical sorting receptor.
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