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Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Germany

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research study the structure and workings of the heart, blood vessels and lungs. Among other things, their findings are intended to contribute to a better understanding of diseases in these organs and in developing of possible treatments. The scientists, for example, examine how cells in the heart, blood vessel or lung tissue communicate with each other, and which signal molecules influence their function. They also look into the question of how function can be restored to damaged tissue. Stem cells – in other words precursor cells that can grow into specialised heart, blood vessel or lung cells – are therefore another important field of research for the Institute. In the future, these stem cells could, for instance, help to minimise tissue damage in heart attack patients or people with lung disease.

Source: https://www.mpg.de/149809/heart-lung-research (11/27/2023)

Image of a single slice taken from a zebrafish heart showing the ventricle with an injury in the lower area. Nuclei of all cells are indicated with blue, nuclei of the cardiomyocyte heart muscle cells with green, and the proliferating cells with red. Courtesy of Laura Peces-Barba Castaño, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Germany.

Imaging of Cardiac Tissue Regeneration in Zebrafish

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Lung organoid taken at the "liquid-air interface" with a THUNDER Imager 3D Cell Culture. The cells originate from transgenic mice, so that the different fluorescence represents the degree of differentiation of the respective cell (superposition). The image acquisition was performed on day 21 after the start of the culture. Reference: P. Kanrai, MPI-HLR Bad Nauheim.

Observing 3D Cell Cultures During Development

3D cell cultures, such as organoids and spheroids, give insights into cells and their interactions with their microenvironment. These 3D cell cultures are playing an increasingly important role for…
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