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OBJECTIVE To determine the presence and kinetics of antibodies against synaptic proteins in patients with herpes simplex virus encephalitis (HSE). METHODS Retrospective analysis of 44 patients with polymerase chain reaction-proven HSE for the presence of a large panel of onconeuronal and synaptic receptor antibodies. The effect of patients' serum was(More)
BACKGROUND Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination is considered important in the diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis, however, data on whether and how CSF parameters may be related to MRI findings and clinical disease activity of patients with neurosarcoidosis are scarce. OBJECTIVE To correlate CSF findings in patients with neurosarcoidosis with MRI findings and(More)
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is the causative agent of an acute self-limiting hepatitis in humans. In industrialized countries, autochthonous cases are linked to zoonotic transmission from domestic pigs, wild boar and red deer. The main route of human infection presumably is consumption of contaminated meat. Farmers, slaughterers and veterinarians are expected(More)
Polyomaviruses are small, non-enveloped viruses with a circular double-stranded DNA genome. Using a generic polyomavirus PCR targeting the VP1 major structural protein gene, a novel polyomavirus was initially identified in resected human liver tissue and provisionally named Human Polyomavirus 12 (HPyV12). Its 5033 bp genome is predicted to encode large and(More)
Polyomaviruses are a family of small non-enveloped DNA viruses that encode oncogenes and have been associated, to greater or lesser extent, with human disease and cancer. Currently, twelve polyomaviruses are known to circulate within the human population. To further examine the diversity of human polyomaviruses, we have utilized a combinatorial approach(More)
OBJECTIVE One mechanism underlying the link between multiple sclerosis (MS) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) might be a direct CNS infection. Viral CNS infections cause elevated antibody indices (AIs). Elevated EBV AIs were found in MS; however, patients with MS frequently show a polyspecific intrathecal immune response with elevated antiviral AIs. To(More)
During compatible interactions with their host plants, biotrophic plant-pathogens subvert host metabolism to ensure the sustained provision of nutrient assimilates by the colonized host cells. To investigate, whether common motifs can be revealed in the response of primary carbon and nitrogen metabolism toward colonization with biotrophic fungi in cereal(More)
BACKGROUND B cells and humoral immune responses play an important role in the pathogenesis and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). A characteristic finding in patients with MS is a polyspecific intrathecal B cell response against neurotropic viruses, specifically against measles virus, rubella virus, and varicella zoster virus, also known as an MRZ(More)
Previously, the OEP16.1 channel pore in the outer envelope membrane of mature pea (Pisum sativum) chloroplasts in vitro has been characterized to be selective for amino acids. Isolation of OEP16.2, a second OEP16 isoform from pea, in the current study allowed membrane localization and gene expression of OEP16 to be followed throughout seed development and(More)
Primary infection and reactivation of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) remain a major problem in immunocompromised patients, frequently resulting in a life threatening CMV disease. Intravenous polyvalent (hyper)-immunoglobulins (IVIG) can be administered for therapy and prophylaxis of CMV infections. However, only limited data about the efficacy and mechanism of(More)