Stefan Barth

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Follistatin (FS), which binds to the inhibin/activin beta A- or beta B-subunit is localized with and modulates the biological actions of activin in many systems. However, in contrast to the wide distribution of the activin beta-subunit proteins and messenger RNAs (mRNA) in the brain, demonstration of FS mRNA signal has been limited to the olfactory tubercle(More)
The human CD30 receptor is highly overexpressed on the surface of Hodgkin Reed-Sternberg cells and has been shown to be an excellent target for selective immunotherapy using monoclonal antibody-based agents such as immunotoxins. To construct a new recombinant immunotoxin for possible clinical use in patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma, we have chosen the(More)
Semi-immunity against the malaria parasite is defined by a protection against clinical episodes of malaria and is partially mediated by a repertoire of inhibitory antibodies directed against the blood stage of Plasmodium falciparum, in particular against surface proteins of merozoites, the invasive form of the parasite. Such antibodies may be used for(More)
Diseases caused by chronic inflammation (e.g., arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetic ulcers) are multicausal, thus making treatment difficult and inefficient. Due to the age-associated nature of most of these disorders and the demographic transition towards an overall older population, efficient therapeutic intervention strategies will need to be(More)
Inhibin and activin are best known as gonadal glycoprotein hormones but have a broad anatomical distribution. We previously described the central distribution ofinhibin/activin beta A- and beta B-subunit proteins in some neuronal cell bodies, fibers, and nuclei of the rat brain and reported a possible role for central activin in suckling-induced oxytocin(More)
AIM Fluorescence-mediated tomography (FMT) holds potential for accelerating diagnostic and theranostic drug development. However, for proper quantitative fluorescence reconstruction, knowledge on optical scattering and absorption, which are highly heterogeneous in different (mouse) tissues, is required. We here describe methods to assess these parameters(More)
In various clinical studies, Hodgkin's patients have been treated with anti-CD30 immunotherapeutic agents and have shown promising responses. One of the problems that appeared from these studies is the development of an immune response against the nonhuman therapeutics, which limits repeated administration and reduces efficacy. We have set out to make a(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional fluorescent proteins, such as GFP, its derivatives and flavin mononucleotide based fluorescent proteins (FbFPs) are often used as fusion tags for detecting recombinant proteins during cultivation. These reporter tags are state-of-the-art; however, they have some drawbacks, which can make on-line monitoring challenging. It is(More)
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common malignant soft tissue tumor in children and is highly resistant to all forms of treatment currently available once metastasis or relapse has commenced. As it has recently been determined that the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) gamma-subunit, which defines the fetal AChR (fAChR) isoform, is almost exclusively(More)
Dysregulation of growth factor receptors such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and of its truncated form EGFRvIII is frequently found in human tumors. EGFRvIII is a promising target for selective molecular tumor therapy because it is exclusively expressed by tumor cells. Cetuximab/Erbitux is a monoclonal antibody which targets EGFR and(More)