Mary M Bendig

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New antiparasitic drugs are urgently needed to treat and control diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and filariasis, which affect millions of people each year. However, because the majority of those infected live in countries in which the prospects of any financial return on investment are too low to support market-driven drug(More)
A mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb 425) with therapeutic potential was 'humanized' in two ways. Firstly the mouse variable regions from mAb 425 were spliced onto human constant regions to create a chimeric 425 antibody. Secondly, the mouse complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) from mAb 425 were grafted into human variable regions, which were then joined(More)
The mouse PM-1 monoclonal antibody binds to the human interleukin 6 receptor, inhibits IL-6 functions, and shows strong antitumor cell activity against multiple myeloma cells. In order to be effective as a therapeutic agent administered to human patients in repeated doses, reshaped human PM-1 antibodies consisting of human REI-based light chain and(More)
A vaccine based upon a recombinant plant virus (CPMV-PARVO1), displaying a peptide derived from the VP2 capsid protein of canine parvovirus (CPV), has previously been described. To date, studies with the vaccine have utilized viable plant chimaeric particles (CVPs). In this study, CPMV-PARVO1 was inactivated by UV treatment to remove the possibility of(More)
We have optimized primers for cloning libraries of murine heavy and light chain variable regions using the polymerase chain reaction. Since we are interested in cloning murine Fab fragments for expression in bacterial cells, the heavy chain primers were designed to clone Fd fragments comprising the heavy chain variable domain and the first domain of the IgG(More)
Human filarial nematodes cause river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, both of which are diseases that produce considerable morbidity. Control of these diseases relies on drug treatments that are ineffective against macrofilariae and are threatened by the development of resistance. New validated drug targets are required to allow development of new(More)
alpha 4 beta 1 integrin (VLA-4) is crucial for the adhesion of leukocytes to human vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) on inflamed endothelium. This cell adhesion event is the first step in leukocyte extravasation across the blood-brain barrier in inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) such as experimental autoimmune(More)
The plant virus cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) is an efficient carrier of foreign peptides for the generation of strong humoral immune responses. Peptides derived from both viruses and bacteria are strongly immunogenic when displayed on the surface of CPMV and elicit high titres of peptide-specific antibody. However, the protective effects of antibodies(More)
Mouse mAb TES-C21(C21) recognizes an epitope on human IgE and, therefore, has potential as a therapeutic agent in patients with IgE-mediated allergies such as hay fever, food and drug allergies and extrinsic asthma. The clinical usefulness of mouse antibodies is limited, however, due to their immunogenicity in humans. Mouse C21 antibody was humanized by(More)