Bettina Eberspächer

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Members of the Streptococcus anginosus group (SAG) are frequently involved in pyogenic infections in humans. In the present study, the antimicrobial susceptibility of 141 clinical SAG isolates to six antimicrobial agents was analysed by agar dilution. All isolates were susceptible to penicillin, cefotaxime and vancomycin. However, 12.8 % displayed increased(More)
A new method for ABO and Lewis typing of body fluids is described. It combines the advantages of a good antigen binding to nitrocellulose membranes, the need of only very small amounts of stain material and the high sensitivity of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for antigen detection. This is of special interest because conventional ABO and Lewis(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1) and viral capsid antigen (VCA) immunoglobulin (Ig)G antibodies in serum as well as EBV DNA load in saliva with radiological and clinical disease activity in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and early relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). METHODS EBNA-1(More)
Population studies were carried out on German and Turkish individuals from South-West Germany using the short tandem repeat (STR) systems HumFibra (n = 138 Turkish and 1161 German individuals) and HumACTBP2 (n = 202 Turkish and 1338 German individuals). After electrophoresis 19 alleles could be identified for HumFibra and 55 for HumACTBP2. No significant(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. A characteristic feature of MS is an intrathecal synthesis of immunoglobulin (Ig)G. In 90 patients with clinically isolated syndromes/early relapsing-remitting MS, serum antibodies to Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen-1, but not to EBV viral capsid antigen, rubella, or varicella(More)
A young woman was found unconscious in her flat strangulated with a children's scarf and was at first thought to be dead. The victim survived but is disabled for life. Neither bloodstaines nor sperm were found at the scene. Swebs of fleece were prepared from two fingers of a one-way glove which were found at the scene and from each end of the scarf in order(More)
A teenage woman migrating from Syria arrived in May 2015 in Germany. She gave birth to a healthy child in early 2016, but became febrile shortly after delivery. Blood cultures revealed Brucella melitensis. In retrospect, she reported contact with sheep in Syria and recurrent pain in the hip joints over about five months before diagnosis of brucellosis. We(More)
Because of the measurement error that is known from the length determination of restriction fragments during DNA analysis, it is necessary to determine the precision by which identical DNA can be evaluated. Besides the collection of frequency data from a certain population this is one of the basic prerequisites to calculate the likelihood ratio of an(More)
Subtyping of the group specific component in secretions of semen and vaginal fluids is impossible with conventional detection systems. By means of a highly sensitive alkaline-phosphatase secondary antibody system the group specific component can reliably be detected in semen stains. Results with vaginal swabs were inconsistent and in saliva stains Gc(More)
In the forensic laboratories of the Federal Republic of Germany and West-Berlin 23 different semen stains and in our own laboratory 20 semen stains were typed in the gm/km-system doing 125 and 61 (own) test respectively. Examination was carried out by means of the haemagglutination method, which has been used successfully in typing bloodstains. Our critical(More)
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