Anke B. Binder

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BACKGROUND In South Africa, stigma, discrimination, social visibility and fear of loss of confidentiality impede health facility-based HIV testing. With 50% of adults having ever tested for HIV in their lifetime, private, alternative testing options are urgently needed. Non-invasive, oral self-tests offer a potential for a confidential, unsupervised HIV(More)
Extraction ofRhodospirillum rubrum chromatophores by LiCl in the presence of ATP results in more than 95% loss of both ATP synthesis and hydrolysis activities. The lost activities are completely restored when the LiCl-ATP extract is recoupled to the LiCl-depleted membranes. The factor present in this LiCl-ATP extract, has been purified by ammonium sulfate(More)
PURPOSE To examine the role of p53 mutations in the modulation of DNA repair and radiotoxicity by pentoxifylline. MATERIALS AND METHODS NIH3T3 murine cells transfected with mutant p53 constructs were examined for the influence of pentoxifylline on radiotoxicity to Co(60) gamma-irradiation by colony assay. DNA repair (0-100 Gy) was measured by(More)
A more convenient method for preparing large amounts of spinach chloroplast coupling factor is described, in which centrifugation of the EDTA-extracted chloroplasts is replaced by batchwise adsorption on DEAE-cellulose followed by filtration through Miracloth. Methods have been developed to purify the subunits from coupling factor dissociated by sodium(More)
RATIONALE There are hardly any data about the frequency of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (T-Regs) in the lungs of patients with active tuberculosis (TB). OBJECTIVES To obtain data about the frequency of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) T-Regs, and their impact on mycobacterial containment, in the lungs of patients with active TB. METHODS Patients with(More)
PURPOSE To examine the role of G2-block abrogation, DNA repair inhibition and apoptosis in the enhancement of radiotoxicity by pentoxifylline. MATERIALS AND METHODS The influence of pentoxifylline on radiotoxicity was assessed by colony assay in TP53 wild-type Bell and mutant MeWo melanoma, and in TP53 wild-type 4197 and mutant 4451 squamous cell(More)
INTRODUCTION Accurate quantification of mycobacterial load is important for the evaluation of patient infectiousness, disease severity and monitoring treatment response in human and in-vitro laboratory models of disease. We hypothesized that newer techniques would perform as well as solid media culture to quantify mycobacterial burden in laboratory(More)
PURPOSE To determine the relationship between DNA damage and radiosensitivity at low doses (1-10 Gy) for the initial DNA damage and residual DNA damage remaining after 12-h repair. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eleven cell lines, normal human lung epithelial L132, HT29 human colon carcinoma, ATs4 human ataxia telangiectasia, normal CHO-K1 hamster,(More)
Compound A (CpdA), a dissociated glucocorticoid receptor modulator, decreases corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), and luteneinizing hormone levels in rats. Whether this is due to transcriptional regulation by CpdA is not known. Using promoter reporter assays we show that CpdA, like dexamethasone (Dex), directly(More)
BACKGROUND The accuracy of currently available same-day diagnostic tools (smear microscopy and conventional nucleic acid amplification tests) for pleural tuberculosis (TB) is sub-optimal. Newer technologies may offer improved detection. METHODS Smear-microscopy, adenosine deaminase (ADA), interferon gamma (IFN-γ), and Xpert MTB/RIF [using an unprocessed(More)