Stephan Schommer

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The human endogenous retrovirus K10 (HERV-K10) has been identified in the human genome by its homology to retroviruses of other vertebrates (M. Ono, T. Yasunaga, T. Miyata, and H. Ushikubo, J. Virol. 60:589-598, 1986). Using PCR amplification, DNA cloning, sequencing, and procaryotic expression, we were able to demonstrate that HERV-K10 encodes a 73-kDa(More)
The human endogenous retrovirus K10 (HERV-K10) was mapped to human chromosomes using HERV-K10 specific PCR primers on a somatic hybrid mapping panel. A non-random chromosomal location was demonstrated with PCR signals on chromosomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 and Y. There was a lack of PCR products on the other chromosomes, even(More)
The proteinase of the human endogenous retrovirus K (HERV-K) shows similarity to retrovirus aspartic proteinases. It is translated from a transcript composed of gag and prt. The proteinase was expressed either as full-length native protein or as truncated protein in Escherichia coli. Functional protein was demonstrated by its autocatalytic cleavage into an(More)
We report here that 85% of the patients with germ cell tumors (GCTs) produce antibodies directed against Env protein of human endogenous retroviruses. Individuals that received antitumor treatment showed a decrease with time in their antibody titers. Importantly, of the rare cases of non-GCT individuals with Env-antibodies (n= 15, 0.8%), none produced(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most prevalent, highly malignant, invasive and difficult-to-treat primary brain tumor in adults. At the genetic level, it is characterized by a high degree of chromosomal instability and aneuploidy. It has been shown that defects in the mitotic spindle checkpoint could lead to the development of aneuploidy as well as(More)
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