Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI
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The goal of this unit is the development of a preventative and at least partially curative gene therapy for arthrosclerosis. Using vascular models, genes and promoters are identified that can be activated by biomechanical forces such as flow or stretching. Because cardiovascular disease is often induced by dental disease (caries, periodontitis), a second focus of the unit is in the establishment of a therapy against oral streptococcus.