Eleonore Ostermann

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Certain isoforms of the CD44 glycoprotein family play an essential role in the metastatic spread of tumour cells. Protein expression of such CD44 isoforms has also been observed in a variety of human malignancies. In this study, we compared the expression of exon v5- and v6-containing CD44 isoforms in normal human and cynomolgus monkey (Macacca fasciculata)(More)
We have developed surface-shielded ligand-polycation based gene delivery systems which are able to target gene expression to distant tumors after systemic application. Tumor-specific targeting is achieved by (1) incorporation of cell-binding ligands; and (2) shielding of the complexes from non-specific interactions with blood components and non-target(More)
The insertion of a 7.7-kb EcoRI fragment of the resistance plasmid R1 into pBR325 yielded a plasmid which is mobilizable by pDB12, a multicopy derivative of R1drd-19 lacking most of the resistance determinants. The vector alone was not mobilizable in this system. From this observation we conclude that we have cloned the origin of transfer (oriT) of R1.(More)
CD44 is a major cell-surface receptor for hyaluronate (HA). By alternative RNA-splicing a large number of CD44 variants are generated. To explore the role of CD44 splicing in the regulation of cell binding to HA, three different isoforms of CD44 were transfected in the CD44 negative B-cell lymphoma line Namalwa and in the fibroblastoid cell line COS7. We(More)
Ever since their first isolation 60 years ago, cytomegaloviruses have been recognized as being highly species specific. They replicate only in cells of their own or a closely related host species, while cells of phylogenetically more distant hosts are usually not permissive for viral replication. For instance, human cytomegalovirus replicates in human and(More)
The complete sequence of the human cytomegalovirus strain AD169 (variant ATCC) cloned as a bacterial artificial chromosome (AD169-BAC, also known as HB15 or pHB15) was determined. The viral genome has a length of 230,290 bp and shows 52 nucleotide differences compared to a previously sequenced AD169varATCC clone.
Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) proteins m142 and m143 are essential for viral replication. They bind double-stranded RNA and prevent protein kinase R-induced protein synthesis shutoff. Whether the two viral proteins have additional functions such as their homologs in human cytomegalovirus do remained unknown. We show that MCMV m142 and m143 knockout mutants(More)
A gene encoding human interferon omega-1 (IFN-omega 1) was isolated from a cosmid library, sequenced and expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells under the control of an SV40-derived promoter/enhancer sequence. Culture supernatants of stably transfected cell clones contained biologically active IFN-omega 1 at concentrations up to 10 micrograms/l.(More)
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