Franziska Pfeiffer

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The post-synthetic functionalization of nucleic acids via click chemistry (CuAAC) has seen tremendous implementation, extending the applicability of nucleobase-modified nucleic acids in fields like fluorescent labeling, nanotechnology, and in vitro selection. However, the production of large quantities of high-density functionalized material via solid phase(More)
Aptamers are short single-stranded oligo(deoxy)nucleotides that are selected to bind to target molecules with high affinity and specificity. Because of their sophisticated characteristics and versatile applicability, aptamers are thought to become universal molecular probes in biotechnological and therapeutic applications. However, the variety of possible(More)
The chemokine CCL17, mainly produced by dendritic cells (DCs) in the immune system, is involved in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory diseases. As a ligand of CCR4, CCL17 induces chemotaxis and facilitates T cell-DC interactions. We report the identification of two novel RNA aptamers, which were validated in vitro and in vivo for their capability to(More)
Protein phosphorylation plays an important role in the two-component system based signal transduction pathways in bacteria and in archaea. These cascades have been identified also in the extremely halophilic archaeon Halobacterium salinarum and are well understood. Beside these protein phosphorylation events in which phosphorylation of histidine and(More)
Optical nanosensors are based on particles with diameters from 20 to 200 nm containing sensory elements. The latter are comprised of one or more signaling molecules and one or more references, which allow measurements to be ratiometric and hence independent on the amount of sensor. The signaling molecules may range from simple ion-binding fluorophores,(More)
Small molecules play a major role in the human body and as drugs, toxins, and chemicals. Tools to detect and quantify them are therefore in high demand. This review will give an overview about aptamers interacting with small molecules and their selection. We discuss the current state of the field, including advantages as well as problems associated with(More)
The effect of red light and far-red light on the appearance of mRNA for the small and large subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase in rye seedlings has been analysed. Irradiation of etiolated seedlings with a pulse of red light increased the mRNA level of the small subunit by a factor of 7–10 and that of the large subunit by a factor of 3. A pulse(More)
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