Hans-gerhard Burgert

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Adenoviruses (Ads) cause acute and persistent infections. Alike the much more complex herpesviruses, Ads encode numerous immunomodulatory functions. About a third of the viral genome is devoted to counteract both the innate and the adaptive antiviral immune response. Immediately upon infection, E1A blocks interferon-induced gene expression and the VA-RNA(More)
We have recently shown that the accumulation of diverse viral and cellular membrane proteins in the ER activates the higher eukaryotic transcription factor NF-kappaB. This defined a novel ER-nuclear signal transduction pathway, which is distinct from the previously described unfolded protein response (UPR). The well characterized UPR pathway is activated by(More)
Amyloid precursor-like protein 2 (APLP2) is a member of a protein family related to the amyloid precursor protein, which is implicated in Alzheimer's disease. Little is known about the physiological function of this protein family. The adenovirus E3/19K protein binds to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I antigens in the endoplasmic reticulum,(More)
Adenoviruses (Ads) are nonenveloped viruses which replicate and assemble in the nucleus. Therefore, viral membrane proteins are not directly required for their multiplication. Yet, all human Ads encode integral membrane proteins in the early transcription unit 3 (E3). Previous studies on subgenus C Ads demonstrated that most E3 proteins exhibit(More)
Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) interferes with the MHC class I pathway of antigen presentation. The type I transmembrane glycoprotein gp40, encoded by the gene m152, retains major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I complexes in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-Golgi intermediate compartment (ERGIC)/cis-Golgi. These MHC class I complexes are stable, show(More)
A protein of unknown physiological function, called amyloid precursor-like protein 2 (APLP2), forms an association with the murine class I molecule K(d) that is up-regulated by the presence of the adenoviral protein E3/19K. We have extended these findings to show that APLP2 and E3/19K associate preferentially with folded K(d) and not with the open form.(More)
Mouse cytomegalovirus (MCMV) early gene expression interferes with the major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC class I) pathway of antigen presentation. Here we identify a 48 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein encoded by the MCMV early gene m06, which tightly binds to properly folded beta2-microglobulin (beta2m)-associated MHC class I molecules in(More)
Persistent viruses have evolved multiple strategies to escape the host immune system. One important prerequisite for efficient viral reproduction in the face of an ongoing immune response is prevention of premature lysis of infected cells. A number of viruses achieve this goal by interfering with antigen presentation and recognition of infected cells by(More)
We have determined the DNA sequence of the H-2Kk gene of the mouse major histocompatibility complex (MHC). Comparison on the nucleotide and protein level of three H-2K alleles (Kk, Kb and Kd) reveals a high degree of homology, in particular between the Kb and Kk alleles. Differences between the two latter antigens are almost exclusively confined to the(More)
Hybrid genes were constructed for the localization of allodeterminants on murine class I antigens recognized by antibodies and cytolytic T lymphocytes. By using deletion subclones of the H-2Kd and H-2Kk genes, homologous regions were exchanged between the two alleles. The altered genes were introduced and expressed in mouse fibroblast and fibrosarcoma(More)