Matthias M M Becker

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We describe the cDNA cloning, overproduction and purification of a 22.6-kDa antigen from the human blood fluke Schistosoma japonicum. A 777-bp cDNA (C32) was isolated from a S. japonicum lambda ZAPII cDNA expression library immuno-screened with hyperimmune rabbit serum (HRS) raised against soluble adult S. japonicum proteins. The open reading frame of C32(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are promising candidates for innovative cell therapeutic applications. For clinical-scale manufacturing, different supplements have been evaluated as alternatives for the commonly used fetal bovine serum (FBS). We have reported previously that pooled human AB serum (HS) accelerates the proliferation of adipose(More)
Pharmacological and genetic manipulations of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) have been found to alter the voluntary consumption of alcohol. Here we characterize the role of central angiotensin II (Ang II) in alcohol intake first by using transgenic rats that express an antisense RNA against angiotensinogen and consequently have reduced Ang II levels(More)
We report the gene cloning, molecular characterisation and purification of a 14.7-kDa functionally active recombinant (re) cytoplasmic fatty acid-binding protein (Sj-FABPC) from the Chinese strain of the human bloodfluke Schistosoma japonicum (Sj). As schistosomes are unable to synthesise long chain fatty acids and sterols de novo and must, therefore, take(More)
A cDNA encoding a Schistosoma japonicum aspartic proteinase was cloned, sequenced, and found to encode a zymogen of 380 amino acid residues, and its gene was shown to be present as a single copy in the S. japonicum genome. Identity comparisons showed that the enzyme (Sjpasp) was most closely related to the cathepsin Ds. The deduced amino acid sequence has(More)
The development of an effective vaccine is recognised as a necessary adjunct to the control of schistosomiasis japonica, a disease affecting several million people in China and the Philippines. Currently, recombinant Schistosoma japonicum molecules are considered most suitable for large scale vaccine production and a number of genes encoding vaccine(More)
Due to their multi-lineage differentiation capacity, support of haematopoiesis, immunomodulation and secretion of proregenerative factors, mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) are in the focus of intense research since decades. The literature is replete with reports on their potential in preclinical model systems. However, the heterogeneity of the primary(More)
A cDNA encoding the complete open reading frame of Schistosoma japonicum enolase has been cloned. The 1494bp cDNA (C30) was isolated from a S. japonicum cDNA expression library immunoscreened with hyperimmune rabbit sera raised against soluble adult S. japonicum proteins. The ORF encodes a protein of 434 amino acids exhibiting 72% identity to human, murine,(More)
We report the cloning, molecular characterization, and purification of functionally active recombinant glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) from the human bloodfluke Schistosoma japonicum. The GAPDH homolog from the related species Schistosoma mansoni has shown correlation of antibody titer to resistance to reinfection. A 1,164-bp cDNA (C1) was(More)
Paramyosin is an integral muscle protein found in many invertebrates including schistosomes, and is considered an important candidate vaccine antigen in schistosomiasis. The characterisation of natural molecular variation in vaccine antigens including paramyosin is important because strain-specific vaccination may be necessary against schistosomiasis(More)