Robert A. Cordfunke

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Posttranslational modification (PTM) of islet autoantigens can cause lack of central tolerance in type 1 diabetes (T1D). Tissue transglutaminase (tTG), involved in PTM of gluten antigens in celiac disease, creates negatively charged peptides favored by T1D-predisposing HLA-DQ molecules, offering an attractive candidate modifying islet autoantigens in T1D.(More)
Bacterial secreted proteins constitute a biologically important subset of proteins involved in key processes related to infection such as adhesion, colonization, and dissemination. Bacterial extracellular proteases, in particular, have attracted considerable attention, as they have been shown to be indispensable for bacterial virulence. Here, we analyzed(More)
OP-145, a synthetic antimicrobial peptide developed from a screen of the human cathelicidin LL-37, displays strong antibacterial activities and is--at considerably higher concentrations--lytic to human cells. To obtain more insight into its actions, we investigated the interactions between OP-145 and liposomes composed of phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and(More)
The chromophore of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) (i.e., 4-hydroxycinnamic acid) has been replaced by an analogue with a triple bond, rather than a double bond (by using 4-hydroxyphenylpropiolic acid in the reconstitution, yielding hybrid I) and by a "locked" chromophore (through reconstitution with 7-hydroxycoumarin-3-carboxylic acid, in which a covalent(More)
The scarcity of current antibiotic-based strategies to prevent biomaterial-associated infections (BAI) and their risk of resistance development prompted us to develop a novel antimicrobial implant-coating to prevent Staphylococcus aureus-induced BAI. We incorporated the antimicrobial peptide OP-145 into a Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation MatriX (PLEX)-coating to(More)
Slow-release delivery has great potential for specifically targeting immune-modulating agents into the tumor-draining area. In prior work we showed that local treatment of slowly delivered anti-CD40 antibody induced robust anti-tumor CD8+ T cell responses without systemic toxicity. We now report on the comparison of two slow-release delivery systems for(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are an increasing problem, and current treatment options are suboptimal. Nasal carriage of MRSA is a major risk factor for infection, but nasal eradication strategies are increasingly considered to be insufficiently effective. In this study, a water-in-oil cream formulation was developed for(More)
We previously found the LL-37-derived peptide P60.4Ac to be effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on human epidermal models (EMs). The goal of this study was to identify the preferred carrier for this peptide for topical application on skin and mucosal surfaces. We prepared P60.4Ac in three formulations, i.e., a water-in-oil(More)
Evaluation of resection margins during cancer surgery can be challenging, often resulting in incomplete tumour removal. Fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) aims to aid the surgeon to visualize tumours and resection margins during surgery. FGS relies on a clinically applicable imaging system in combination with a specific tumour-targeting contrast agent. In(More)
Recently we showed that a number of carboxylated near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) cyanine dyes possess strong necrosis avid properties in vitro as well as in different mouse models of spontaneous and therapy-induced tumor necrosis, indicating their potential use for cancer diagnostic- and prognostic purposes. In the previous study, the detection of the(More)