Susanne G. L. Quaak

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Since plasmid DNA (pDNA) is unstable in solution, lyophilisation can be used to increase product shelf life. To prevent stress on pDNA molecules during lyophilisation, cryo- and lyoprotectants have to be added to the formulation. This study assessed the effect of disaccharides on naked pDNA stability after lyophilisation using accelerated stability studies.(More)
For the treatment of melanoma DNA vaccines are a promising therapeutic approach. In our institute a plasmid encoding a melanoma-associated epitope (MART-1) and an immunostimulatory sequence (tetanus toxin fragment-c) termed pDERMATT was developed. In a phase I study the plasmid will be administered intradermally using a newly developed tattoo strategy to(More)
Recently, DNA tattooing was introduced as novel intradermal administration technique for plasmid DNA (pDNA) vaccines. The aim of this study was to determine if tattooing affects the integrity of pDNA (reduction in supercoiled (SC) content) and whether a change in pDNA topology would affect antigen expression and immune response. We show that 1.) in vitro(More)
The pDERMATT (plasmid DNA encoding recombinant MART-1 and tetanus toxin fragment-c) plasmid is a novel in-house developed anti-cancer vaccine which encodes a melanoma associated epitope (Mart-1) and an immuno stimulatory sequence (tetanus toxin fragment-c). The pharmaceutical development of pDERMATT necessitated the availability of an assay for the(More)
PURPOSE Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are known both as potential adjuvants for vaccines and as toxic impurity in pharmaceutical preparations. The aim of this study was to assess the role of LPS in intradermal DNA vaccination administered by DNA tattooing. METHOD Mice were vaccinated with a model DNA vaccine (Luc-NP) with an increasing content of residual(More)
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