Monika Haiker

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The finding of heat-stable enzymes or the engineering of moderately thermostable enzymes into more stable ones by random or site-directed mutagenesis has become a main priority of modern biotechnology. We report here for the first time a heat-stable phytase able to withstand temperatures up to 100 degrees C over a period of 20 min, with a loss of only 10%(More)
One of the proteins encoded by the riboflavin operon of Bacillus subtilis, RibA, was identified as the rate limiting enzyme in an industrial riboflavin producing strain. An additional single copy of the ribA gene was introduced into the sacB locus of the riboflavin production strain and was expressed constitutively from the medium strength vegI promoter.(More)
The DNA binding subunit of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappa B), a B-cell protein that interacts with the immunoglobulin kappa light-chain gene enhancer, has been purified from nuclei of human HL-60 cells stimulated with tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), and internal peptide sequences were obtained. Overlapping cDNA clones were isolated and sequenced.(More)
Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption and play an important role in the treatment of osteoporosis, metastatic bone disease, and Paget disease. However, nephrotoxicity has been reported with some bisphosphonates. Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates directly inhibit farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) synthase activity(More)
Phytases (EC 3.1.3.8) belong to the family of histidine acid phosphatases. We have cloned the phytases of the fungi Emericella nidulans and Talaromyces thermophilus. The putative enzyme encoded by the E. nidulans sequence consists of 463 amino acids and has a Mr of 51785. The protein deduced from the T. thermophilus sequence consists of 466 amino acids(More)
High-affinity receptors for human IFN-gamma were analyzed using 13 different cells, including blood monocytes. Scatchard analysis showed one high-affinity binding site for each cell. One cross-linked complex between IFN-gamma and the receptor was detected, although their apparent molecular masses were variable in different cells, as also confirmed in(More)
We investigated the effects of two 5-HT(6) receptor antagonists on rat primary hepatocytes using a combined biochemical and toxicogenomics approach. Both compounds share the same pharmacological target, but displayed strikingly different toxicity profiles in pre-clinical animal studies: While R7199 caused hepatic steatosis in rats, no hepatotoxicity was(More)
The bile duct-cannulated (BDC) rat is a standard animal model used in ADME experiments. The aim of this study was to investigate post-surgical alterations that are relevant to ADME investigations in BDC rats compared with sham- and non-operated animals. Water and food intake was reduced in the animals' post-surgery. This led to a lower body weight in(More)
Serotonin is involved in disorders of the central nervous system; thus, specific 5-HT(6) receptor antagonists have therapeutic potential. Nevertheless, preclinical tests showed that Ro 65-7199 caused hepatic steatosis. Here, we investigated the hepatic effects of Ro 65-7199 and Ro 66-0074 using toxicogenomics. The profiles obtained after exposure of rats to(More)
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