For half a century, scientists around the world could not understand the mechanism by which the human body utilized released during diseases of erythrocytes toxic hemoglobin. Scientists from Aarhus University have been able to develop three-dimensional map of the haptoglobin-haemoglobin complex - structure protective protein complex that is responsible for the conclusion of hemoglobin in various diseases crash mobility of erythrocytes.
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Opening it to the scientists after they stopped experimenting with human blood, and moved to study this effect on pig's blood. It turned out that the first line of defense against dangerous hemoglobin haptoglobin is able to bind hemoglobin and send it to devouring hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex receptor CD163. Danish scientists were the first who were able to study the function of the receptor CD163. This discovery of a new protein structure is not only a breakthrough for fundamental science, it will soon develop more effective methods of treatment of blood diseases.