Jochen Morgenthaler

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This report presents the recommendations of a WHO Expert Committee commissioned to coordinate activities leading to the adoption of international recommendations for the production and quality control of vaccines and other biologicals and the establishment of international biological reference materials. The report starts with a discussion of general issues(More)
BACKGROUND IgG preparations have rarely transmitted infectious diseases; however, because such transmission has occurred a few times, manufacturers are required to present experimental proof that their specific production process removes and/or inactivates viruses that may be present in the starting material. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The kinetics of virus(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the tumor targeting ability of chCE7 with a view to clinical applications in neuroblastoma imaging and therapy. A chimeric (mouse/human) monoclonal antibody (chCE7) of gamma 1/kappa isotype directed against a neuroblastoma-associated cell-surface glycoprotein is described. In vitro chCE7 binds with high affinity (KD(More)
Hybridoma CE7 produces a murine antibody (gamma 1/kappa) which binds to a 190-kDa cell-surface glycoprotein of human neuroblastoma. Because of its tumor specificity, it has been used routinely in clinical pathology to confirm diagnosis of neuroblastoma. We have isolated the gene segments coding for the variable regions of the immunoglobulin H and L chain of(More)
In cystic fibrosis, colonization of the airways with Pseudomonas aeruginosa follows colonization with Staphylococcus aureus and is related to accelerated deterioration of pulmonary function. Because P. aeruginosa adheres better to cell surfaces devoid of fibronectin, we searched for fibronectin-cleaving activity in bronchial secretions and saliva from 24(More)
Subnormal plasma fibronectin (Fn) levels are found in patients with severe abdominal infections (SAI). The repletion of Fn has been postulated to have therapeutic benefit by virtue of its opsonic, reticuloendothelial system (RES) stimulating effects. A controlled, prospective trial of Fn administration was performed in patients with SAI to assess its use as(More)
To study if photochemical treatment of human plasma by methylene blue in combination with visible light induces protein alterations, we analysed by high-resolution two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE) untreated and photochemically treated fresh frozen plasma collected by apheresis from the same donor (n = 8). Polypeptides were separated according(More)
The various mechanisms that contribute to the viral safety of therapeutics prepared from human blood plasma are examined. The basic principles behind the 2 most important mechanisms for viral safety, inactivation, and removal are discussed, together with the main issues linked to manufacturing. Validation of virus safety and protein integrity is considered.(More)
Human low density lipoprotein shows a genetic polymorphism, the so-called Ag-system. it consists of 5 pairs of allelic epitopes, x/y, al/d, c/g, t/z, and h/i, which are localized on apolipoprotein B. We have generated a large number of monoclonal antibodies against low density lipoprotein. Two of them, D2E1 and H11G3, recognize epitopes related to this(More)