Reinhard Burger

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-Although extensive work has been done on the relationship between population size and the risk of extinction due to demographic and environmental stochasticity, the role of genetic deterioration in the extinction process is poorly understood. We develop a general theoretical approach for evaluating the risk of small populations to extinction via the(More)
INTRODUCTION To establish strategic priorities for the German national public health institute (RKI) and guide the institute's mid-term strategic decisions, we prioritized infectious pathogens in accordance with their importance for national surveillance and epidemiological research. METHODS We used the Delphi process with internal (RKI) and external(More)
Intravenously applied normal human immunoglobulin G (IgG) has anti-inflammatory effects in the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Systemic inflammation can originate from an overreacting amplification loop of the complement system. In blood, C3b2-containing complexes maintain complement amplification much better than the extremely short-lived C3b. Therefore,(More)
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is an at present inevitably lethal neurodegenerative disease which can only be diagnosed definitely post mortem. The majority of the approximately 200 victims to date have resided in the UK where most contaminated beef materials entered the food chain. Three cases in the UK demonstrated that vCJD can be transmitted(More)
BACKGROUND Borna disease virus (BDV) is the etiological agent of a rare progressive meningoencephalitis that affects mostly horses and sheep. There is an unresolved debate whether also humans are susceptible to infection with BDV and if so, whether this might be associated with neuropsychiatric diseases. One recent key publication employing an ELISA-based(More)
Prospective research showed that unwanted side-effects resulting from medical therapy were found in 20,6% of all patients hospitalized in our medical clinic during a period of one year. Part of these side-effects was considered a possible reason for admission to the hospital and a cause of complications during the clinical treatment. The side-effects were(More)
The misfolding and aggregation of endogenous proteins in the central nervous system is a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), as well as prion diseases. A molecular mechanism referred to as “nucleation-dependent aggregation” is thought to underlie this neuropathological phenomenon. According to this concept,(More)
The response of guinea pig T lymphocytes to different stimuli was analysed with focus on the functions of CD8-positive T cells, which so far had been poorly defined in this animal model. For identification and purification of guinea pig cytotoxic T lymphocytes, three monoclonal antibodies, directed against the CD8 differentiation antigen were characterized(More)