Stefan Worgall

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Late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL) is an autosomal recessive, neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease affecting the CNS and is fatal by age 8 to 12 years. A total average dose of 2.5 10(12) particle units of an adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotype 2 vector expressing the human CLN2 cDNA (AAV2 CU h-CLN2) was administered to 12(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa must often overcome a high concentration of oxidants to successfully infect the human host. We report here the results of a transcriptome profiling comparing cells treated with H(2)O(2) and untreated controls. The data indicate that the early response of P. aeruginosa to H(2)O(2) consists of an upregulation of protective mechanisms(More)
To successfully infect humans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) must overcome the low iron availability in host tissues. A transcriptome comparison was carried out between iron-starved cells of Pa treated with iron and untreated controls. The present study is the first global analysis of the early transcriptional response of exponentially growing Pa to iron.(More)
SoxR is a transcriptional regulator that controls an oxidative stress response in Escherichia coli. The regulator is primarily activated by superoxide anion-dependent oxidation. Activated SoxR turns on transcription of a single gene, soxS, which encodes a transcriptional regulator that activates a regulon that includes dozens of oxidative stress response(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important opportunistic pathogen that can cause chronic and often life-threatening infections of the respiratory tract, particularly in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). Because infections with P. aeruginosa remain the major cause of the high morbidity and mortality of CF, a vaccine against P. aeruginosa would be very(More)
Following receptor binding and internalization, intracellular trafficking of adenovirus (Ad) among subgroups B and C is different, with significant amounts of Ad serotype 7 (Ad7) (subgroup B) virions found in cytoplasm during the initial hours of infection while Ad5 (subgroup C) virions rapidly translocate to the nucleus. To evaluate the role of the fiber(More)
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of the respiratory diseases collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While the pathogenesis of COPD is complex, there is abundant evidence that alveolar macrophages (AM) play an important role. Based on the concept that COPD is a slow-progressing disorder likely involving multiple mediators(More)
To identify pathways involved in adult lung regeneration, we employ a unilateral pneumonectomy (PNX) model that promotes regenerative alveolarization in the remaining intact lung. We show that PNX stimulates pulmonary capillary endothelial cells (PCECs) to produce angiocrine growth factors that induce proliferation of epithelial progenitor cells supporting(More)
The pathogenic agent, adenovirus (Ad), has taken on a new role as a vector for gene transfer in both laboratory and clinical settings. To help understand the intracellular pathways and fate of Ad gene transfer vectors, we covalently conjugated fluorophores to E1-, E3- Ad vectors and used quantitative fluorescence microscopy to assess essential steps of Ad(More)
Although adenovirus (Ad) has been regarded as an excellent vaccine vector, there are 2 major drawbacks to using this platform: (a) Ad-based vaccines induce a relatively weak humoral response against encoded transgenes, and (b) preexisting immunity to Ad is highly prevalent among the general population. To overcome these obstacles, we constructed an Ad-based(More)