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Junior Research Group ProAID

The junior research group ProAID (Protein Oxidation in Aging as Target for an Individualised Dietary Intervention) was part of the NutriAct competence cluster for nutrition and was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 01.12.2017 to 31.12.2023 (funding reference 01EA1706).

The aim of the junior research group was to investigate and understand the influence of nutrition on the ageing process and the development of age-related diseases. The main focus of the research was on oxidative changes in endogenous proteins. To address the research questions, in silico analyses, cell culture studies and animal experiments were carried out and samples from human nutritional intervention studies (including NutriAct, LeguAN, NuEva) were used.

We would like to thank all members of the junior research group, cooperation partners and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which supported the junior research group as project manager. We would also like to thank the University of Potsdam and in particular all members of the Institute of Nutritional Science, who made the work of the junior research group possible and actively supported it.

Former members of ProAID

Head of Junior Research Group

Prof. Dr. Andrea Henze (Chair)

Prof. Dr. Harshadrai Rawel (Commissional Chair)

Research and technical Assisitants

Sabrina Gensichen

Isabel Huber

Esther Klein

Maximilian Martin

Michal Rackiewicz

Christina Völker

Dr. Kristine Wolf

Student Associates                                               

Markus Hermanowski     

Theresa Hofmeister

Tina Machate

Lukas Meyer

Segun Oni

Maria Trofimova

Jennifer Winkler

Jalei Zang

Publications of the ProAID (updated December 2023)

M. Martin, H. Rawel, A. Henze, S. Baldermann (2022). Apocarotenoids inhibit enzymes involved in redox metabolism. Proc Germ Nutr Soc, 28: 93

C. Holzapfel, C. Dawczynski, A. Henze, MC. Simon (2021). Personalized dietary recommendations for weight loss. A scientific perspective from various angles. Ernährungs Umschau, 68 (2): 26-35

M. Rackiewicz, T. Machate, K. Witzel, A. Henze (2020). Site-specific protein oxidation as regulatory mechanism in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Proc Germ Nutr Soc, 26: 88

S. Tchewnopi Sagu, E. Landgräber, M. Rackiewicz, G. Huschek, H. Rawel (2020).  Relative Abundance of Alpha-Amylase/Trypsin Inhibitors in Selected Sorghum Cultivars. Molecules, 25(24), 5982

A. Henze (2018). Ernährungscluster NutriAct - Nachwuchsgruppe: Proteinoxidation als Indikator des Alterungsphänotyps und Target einer individualisierten Ernährungsintervention (ProAID). Ernährungs Umschau, 10: M566-M567