Holger Wittig

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Mitochondrial DNA sequences of the hypervariable regions HV I and HV II were analyzed in 300 unrelated individuals born and living in the northeast corner of Germany (Western Pomerania) to generate a database for forensic identification purposes in this region. Sequence polymorphism were detected using PCR and direct sequencing analysis. A total of 242(More)
The incorporation of reference DNA is crucial to the validation of any DNA typing protocol. This paper aims to provide a panel of reference DNAs for actual forensic profiling strategies, i.e. autosomal and gonosomal STR typing as well as mtDNA sequencing. We have characterised three human lymphoid cell lines, GM9947, GM9948 and GM3657, and considered 58(More)
Dopamine and the dopamine-derived tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids salsolinol and norsalsolinol were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection in 15 regions of the human brain. The regional distribution of dopamine in 32 brains was similar to previous reports with highest concentrations in the basal ganglia,(More)
The aim of this study was the determination of D-loop heteroplasmy in astrocytic brain tumors. DNA fragments corresponding to the hypervariable region 2 of the mitochondrial displacement loop (D-loop) from 12 astrocytic tumors and 2 corresponding brain samples were cloned into a plasmid vector. Heteroduplex analysis revealed high sequence variability in the(More)
We report the case of a female patient, who died at the age of 66 years. Besides an insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) she had developed the clinical symptoms of stiff-man-syndrome (SMS) and harbored autoantibodies against glutamate-decarboxylase (GAD) in blood and liquor. GAD catalyzes the biosynthesis of the inhibitory neurotransmitter(More)
An 34 isolierten Leichenherzen wurden Computertomographie- (CT-) und Magnetresonanztomographie- (MRT-) Befunde mit pathologisch-anatomischen Befunden und postmortalen Veränderungen verglichen. Innere Totenflecke und postmortale Gerinnselbildungen waren in der MRT, beginnende Fäulnis durch die Darstellung kleiner Gasblasen in der CT gut zu diagnostizieren.(More)
The mitochondrial control region includes three so-called hypervariable (HV) regions, in which the polymorphic positions show a particularly high frequency. According to a population study of 200 unrelated individuals from Germany, HVI (positions 16,024-16,365, according to Anderson) showed 88 variable positions in a total length of 342 bp (26%) and HVII(More)
Sequencing of mtDNA is an advanced method for the individualisation of traces. Disadvantages of this method are expensive and time-consuming analysis and evaluation procedures as well as the necessary stock of population-genetic data which is still insufficient. Central European institutes of forensic medicine from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have(More)
At the forensic autopsy of a sexual murder victim, some trace hairs, possibly belonging to the perpetrator, were saved. Initially, the analysis of a pubic hair shaft only revealed the presence of the mitochondrial (mt) DNA haplotype profile consisting of the (CA)6 allele and the complete hypervariable region 1 (HV1) and 2 (HV2) sequence. Later, typing of(More)
We report a case in which STR typing failed to identify the minor component of a mixed saliva stain, but a mitochondrial restriction analysis succeeded in discriminating between the two components. To identify the nt16093 and nt16265 transitions, the template was amplified with the mismatch primers L16092-mm16085 and H16266-mm16269. In the presence of the(More)