Andreas Sziegoleit

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Streptolysin-O (SLO) is a thiol-activated, membrane-damaging protein toxin of Mr 69,000 that is produced by most strains of beta-hemolytic group A streptococci. Native, primarily water-soluble toxin molecules bind to cholesterol-containing target membranes to assemble into supramolecular curved rod structures (25 to 100 nm long by ca. 7.5 nm wide), forming(More)
Microbiological analyses of saliva and swabs were obtained from carious lesions of 54 children and adolescents with carious teeth, and of 49 boys and girls with healthy teeth. Candida species were isolated from the saliva of 36 (66.7%) subjects with active caries, but from the saliva of only one (2%) of the 49 caries-free subjects. Candida was detected in(More)
We have evaluated the diagnostic value of the fecal elastase test in comparison with the secretin-pancreozymin test in the diagnosis of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Pancreatic elastase was measured immunologically. Immunoreactive elastase activity in spot stools from controls ranged from 136 to 4440 microgram/g; 95% of all values were within 175 to(More)
Rabbit or human erythrocytes lysed with Staphylococcus aureus alpha-toxin were solubilized with Triton X-100, and the toxin was subsequently isolated by gel chromatography, sucrose density gradient centrifugation, and reincorporation into liposomes. In the presence of Triton X-100, the toxin exhibited a sedimentation coefficient of 11S and eluted at a(More)
Streptolysin-O was isolated from culture supernatants of group-A beta-hemolytic streptococci (Richards strain) by ammonium sulfate and polyethylene glycol precipitation, DEAE-ion exchange chromatography, preparative isoelectric focusing, and chromatography on Sephacryl S-300. Two forms of the toxin possessing similar hemolytic capacity were identified. The(More)
We report an outbreak of sepsis from contaminated disinfectant in a neonatal and paediatric intensive-care unit. 28 infants were infected with Klebsiella oxytoca and basic measures to control the outbreak failed. The resistance of K. oxytoca against the disinfectant was probably mediated by capsule formation, visible as mucoid colonies.
The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of oral/intestinal Candida colonization and Candida-antigen/antibody in immunosuppressed children after HTx (group III, n = 31), in children with CHD (group II, n = 24) and in children with healthy hearts (comparison group, group I, n = 23) aged 2-16 yr according to their dental status between 2004 and(More)
A chymotrypsin-like protease was detected along with elastase 1 in pancreatic secretion and stool. This enzyme was isolated from necrobiotic human pancreas, purified, partially characterized and designated as chymotrypsin B. Quantitative studies by rocket immunoelectrophoresis indicated that neither elastase 1 nor chymotrypsin B was degraded during(More)
In previous studies we isolated human pancreatic elastase 1 from intestinal lavage fluids, where it was found to be part of a complex whose major component was cholesterol. The present study involves the isolation and characterization of this elastase 1-sterol complex recovered from feces of healthy subjects and patients whose intestinal microflora were(More)
The emergence of resistance during therapy and the efficacy of different antibiotic therapy regimens were studied in 38 intensive care patients suffering from pulmonary infections caused byEnterobacter cloacae. Every three days a fresh isolate was obtained from each patient and tested in vitro for susceptibility to 16 antibiotics by determination of the(More)