Christina Gruber

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BACKGROUND Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) is a hereditary skin disorder characterized by mechanical fragility of the skin, resulting in blistering and chronic wounds. The causative mutations lie in the COL7A1 gene. Patients suffering from RDEB have a high risk to develop aggressive, rapidly metastasizing squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs).(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoallergenic immunotherapy of type I allergies aims at inducing T-cell immunity while avoiding cross-linking of pre-existing IgE. DNA-based immunotherapy depends on the recruitment of antigen-specific T(H)1 cells and therefore has to provide the whole repertoire of T-cell epitopes. Ubiquitination offers a general approach for the production of(More)
INTRODUCTION Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines recommend limiting interruptions of chest compressions because prolonged hands-off (i.e., non-compression) time compromises tissue perfusion. 2010 European Resuscitation Council guidelines suggest that chest compressions should be paused less than 10 s during airway device insertion. METHODS With(More)
Functional defects in type VII collagen, caused by premature termination codons on both alleles of the COL7A1 gene, are responsible for the severe autosomal recessive types of the skin blistering disease, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). The full-length COL7A1 complementary DNA (cDNA) is about 9 kb, a size that is hardly accommodated by(More)
Trans-splicing is a powerful approach to reprogram the genome. It can be used to replace 5', 3' or internal exons. The latter approach has been characterized by low efficiency, as the requirements to promote internal trans-splicing are largely uncharacterized. The trans-splicing process is induced by engineered 'RNA trans-splicing molecules' (RTMs), which(More)
Antibodies, specific to murine DEC205, can be used to target antigens to dendritic cells. The immunodominant domain of human type XVII collagen, hNC16A, was fused to this antibody (DEC-hNC16A) and was administered as expression plasmid by gene gun transfection with the aim of inducing tolerance to human type XVII collagen in a skin transplantation model.(More)
Patients suffering from recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a hereditary blistering disease of epithelia, show susceptibility to develop highly aggressive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Tumors metastasize early and are associated with mortality in the 30th–40th years of life in this patient group. So far, no adequate therapy is available for(More)
Spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing has become an emergent tool for the repair of mutated pre-mRNAs in the treatment of genetic diseases. RNA trans-splicing molecules (RTMs) are designed to induce a specific trans-splicing reaction via a binding domain for a respective target pre-mRNA region. A previously established reporter-based screening system(More)
INTRODUCTION Airway management is an important component of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Recent guidelines recommend keeping any interruptions of chest compressions as short as possible and not lasting more than 10 seconds. Endotracheal intubation seems to be the ideal method for establishing a secure airway by experienced providers, but emergency(More)
Targeting tumor marker genes by RNA trans-splicing is a promising means to induce tumor cell-specific death. Using a screening system we designed RNA trans-splicing molecules (RTM) specifically binding the pre-mRNA of SLCO1B3, a marker gene in epidermolysis bullosa associated squamous cell carcinoma (EB-SCC). Specific trans-splicing, results in the fusion(More)