Birgit Reinhardt

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There are currently no accepted criteria for positive Western blots in Lyme disease. In a retrospective analysis of 225 case and control subjects, the best discriminatory ability of test criteria was obtained by requiring at least 2 of the 8 most common IgM bands in early disease (18, 21, 28, 37, 41, 45, 58, and 93 kDa) and by requiring at least 5 of the 10(More)
Specific associations of spectrin with Bands 2.1 and 4.1 have been examined by measuring the binding of purified 125I-Band 2.1 and 125I-Band 4.1 to [32P]spectrin in solution. Binding of Bands 2.1 and 4.1 to spectrin was measured as 125I radioactivity precipitated by an anti-spectrin. Staphylococcus aureus complex. The association between spectrin and Band(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) induces proliferation of endothelial cells, stimulates angiogenesis, and increases vascular permeability. Increased VEGF expression has been associated with poor clinical outcomes in many malignancies. Several recent reports have documented over expression of VEGF in papillary thyroid cancer. We(More)
Among 6 patients with prolonged episodes of Lyme arthritis, the mean response of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) to all Borrelia burgdorferi antigens (stimulation index [SI] 46) was greater than that among 5 patients with brief attacks of Lyme arthritis (SI 13; P less than 0.1), as well as that among 7 control patients with rheumatoid arthritis and among(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) guidelines recommend HCV RNA measurements at specific time points during sofosbuvir(SOF)-therapy. However, it remains unclear, how these results should be interpreted. We aimed to analyze whether on-treatment HCV RNA levels predict relapse comparing the CobasAmpliPrep/CobasTaqMan(More)
During the influenza season 2007-8, the proportion of seasonal influenza A(H1N1) viruses resistant to the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir increased worldwide. We conducted an investigation to compare patients infected with oseltamivir-resistant (ose-R) and oseltamivir- susceptible (ose-S) influenza A(H1N1) viruses regarding risk factors for resistance(More)
BACKGROUND Current modalities of renal replacement therapy allow only a limited removal of larger, possibly toxic molecules, which accumulate in uraemia. Recently, a haemodiafilter has been made available with the new, high-flux, polyethersulfone-based membrane DIAPES HF800. We performed a study to compare DIAPES HF800 with two conventional high-flux(More)