Rahel Ulrich

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We report on the first Puumala hantavirus nucleotide sequence (strain Opina-916) amplified from a bank vole trapped in Slovakia, central Europe. Phylogenetic analysis of the S-segment sequence grouped the virus within the western/central European sublineage of Puumala virus. In the neighborhood of the rodent trapping site two cases of human infection by the(More)
Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) is still an unsolved problem in obstetrics. Neither prevention nor diagnosis nor therapy is readily available. The amniotic sac is stabilized mechanically by a dense network of collagenous fibres; in the event of PROM, the collagenous mesh is dissolved and the thickness of the amniotic sac is reduced. In a(More)
In a female Thuringian forest goat osteoporosis, dwarfism and anaemia were found. The animal was kept on a hobby farm with 30 further goats that did not show clinical signs. Radiological examination, computed tomographic imaging and pathological examination revealed reduced bone density and numerous fractures associated with limited or completely absent(More)
Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) accounts for approximately 30 per cent of all preterm deliveries. PROM is thought to be mainly due to a decrease in membrane integrity. The aim of our investigation was to determine, post-partum after 28 normal deliveries, the thickness of the amniochorionic membrane using a 20 MHz high-frequency ultrasound. The(More)
On the basis of its genome organization the hamster polyomavirus (HaPV) is closely related to the murine polyomavirus Py. But HaPV infection, in contrast to Py infection, gives rise to two different tumor types; depending on the hamster strain used for infection, HaPV induces either epitheliomas or lymphomas. Although the HaPV virions were shown to be(More)
Oligonucleotide mutagenesis was used to isolate mutations in membrane-spanning segments 6, 7, and 8 of MalF. MalF is a cytoplasmic membrane component of the binding protein-dependent maltose transport system in Escherichia coli. The current structural model predicts eight transmembrane domains for MalF. Membrane-spanning segments 6, 7, and 8 of MalF flank(More)
The hamster polyomavirus major capsid protein VP1 was modified in its carboxy-terminal region by consecutive truncations and single amino acid exchanges. The ability of yeast-expressed VP1 variants to form virus-like particles (VLPs) strongly depended on the size and position of the truncation. VP1 variants lacking 21, 69, and 79 amino acid (aa) residues in(More)
Fifteen Australian macrofungi were investigated for cytotoxic activity. Ethanol, cold and hot water extracts of each species were screened for cytotoxic activity against normal mouse fibroblast cells (NIH/3T3), healthy human epithelial kidney cells (HEK-293), four cancer cell lines, gastric adenocarcinoma cells (AGS), two mammary gland adenocarcinoma cells(More)
A Gag protein segment of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) has been fused to a C terminally truncated core antigen of hepatitis B virus (HBcAg) using anE. coli expression system. Fusion of 90 amino acids of HIV-1 Gag protein to HBcAg still allowed the formation of capsids presenting on their surface epitopes of HIV-1 core protein, whereas fusion of(More)