Albrecht von Brunn

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Herpesviruses constitute a family of large DNA viruses widely spread in vertebrates and causing a variety of different diseases. They possess dsDNA genomes ranging from 120 to 240 kbp encoding between 70 to 170 open reading frames. We previously reported the protein interaction networks of two herpesviruses, varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and Kaposi's(More)
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) genome is predicted to encode 14 functional open reading frames, leading to the expression of up to 30 structural and non-structural protein products. The functions of a large number of viral ORFs are poorly understood or unknown. In order to gain more insight into functions and modes of action(More)
A new subtype (MVP-5180) of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) was isolated from a Cameroonian AIDS patient. MVP-5180 was grown in several human T-cell lines and the monocytic U937 line. MVP-5180 DNA could not be amplified by nested primer PCR with conventional env primers and could be only very faintly amplified with gag and pol primers. Most(More)
Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders in man and animal associated with conformational conversion of a cellular prion protein (PrPc) into the pathologic isoform (PrPSc). The function of PrPcand the tertiary structure of PrPScare unclear. Various data indicate which parts of PrP might control the species barrier in prion diseases and the(More)
To probe into the functional properties of the major peripheral myelin cell surface glycoprotein P0, its ability to confer adhesion and neurite outgrowth-promoting properties was studied in cell culture. To this aim, P0 was expressed as integral membrane glycoprotein at the surface of CV-1 cells with the help of a recombinant vaccinia virus expression(More)
Coronaviruses (CoVs) are important human and animal pathogens that induce fatal respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological disease. The outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002/2003 has demonstrated human vulnerability to (Coronavirus) CoV epidemics. Neither vaccines nor therapeutics are available against human and animal CoVs.(More)
The rapid cleavage stage of early sea urchin development is characterized by the transient synthesis of a specific set of proteins. These proteins were identified by comparing the pattern of newly synthesized proteins from fully grown sea urchin oocytes, unfertilized and fertilized eggs, several embryonic stages, and adult tissues by one- and(More)
The development of subunit vaccines against HIV requires the identification of immunologically relevant antigens and a suitable method of antigen delivery. Ideally, defined epitopes with neutralizing activity should be included in a vaccine preparation. The carrier for such peptide sequences should enhance the immunogenicity of the selected epitopes. In(More)
Until recently, there were no effective drugs available blocking coronavirus (CoV) infection in humans and animals. We have shown before that CsA and FK506 inhibit coronavirus replication (Carbajo-Lozoya, J., Müller, M.A., Kallies, S., Thiel, V., Drosten, C., von Brunn, A. Replication of human coronaviruses SARS-CoV, HCoV-NL63 and HCoV-229E is inhibited by(More)
Parvovirus B19 exerts a highly selective cytopathic effect on erythroid progenitor cells. Studies so far on the pathogenesis of B19-infection have been performed using bone marrow samples providing large amounts of erythroid progenitor cells. Extensive study, however, has been hampered by the limited access to bone marrow samples. We have designed a liquid(More)