Mariana Wittmer

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PURPOSE The goal of this study was to identify mutations in X-chromosomal genes associated with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in patients from Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland. METHODS In addition to all coding exons of RP2, exons 1 through 15, 9a, ORF15, 15a and 15b of RPGR were screened for mutations. PCR products were amplified from(More)
PURPOSE Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous retinal disease. Although electroretinographic (ERG) measurements can discriminate clinical subgroups, the identification of the underlying genetic defects has been complicated for CSNB because of genetic heterogeneity, the uncertainty about the mode of(More)
Monoclonal antibody (Ab) directed against the vascular endothelial growth factor, one of the major inducers of angiogenesis, can inhibit tumor growth in mice. Treatment of cancer patients with monoclonal Ab requires large-scale production of the clean Ab and frequent application of the Ab. This might be improved by using single-chain Ab fragments (scFvs),(More)
Neovascularization is a prerequisite for tumor growth. Thus, selective destruction of the tumor vasculature should prevent tumor expansion. We have established a method to identify proteins that are specifically expressed on the surface of endothelial cells in tumors. CD31-positive en-dothelial cells were isolated from Lewis lung carcinoma lung metastases(More)
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