Sylvia Brunner

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Cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) are active defence components of the innate immune system. Several artificial CAMPs have been designed as antibiotic peptide therapeutics, but none have been reported to exert adjuvant activity in animal models. Here we show for the first time that an artificial CAMP, KLKLLLLLKLK (KLKL5KLK), is a potent inducer of(More)
Oceans are high gene flow environments that are traditionally believed to hamper the build-up of genetic divergence. Despite this, divergence appears to occur occasionally at surprisingly small scales. The Galápagos archipelago provides an ideal opportunity to examine the evolutionary processes of local divergence in an isolated marine environment.(More)
Complement-fixation (CF) is still an important basic serologic test for the diagnosis of infectious diseases. In several areas of microbiology (viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal) it has served as a reference standard against which other methods have been compared. Its partial displacement by other techniques, as advocated in some recent literature, is(More)
Preliminary data are reported on experience with newly developed complement-fixing (CF) antigens prepared from cultures of type 3 and type 9 Yersinia enterocolitica and from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Antigens were immunologically potent and not anti-complementary, thus making it possible to obtain satisfactory serologic tests. The results may be(More)
BACKGROUND Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) hypercholesterolemia, and its associated cardiovascular diseases, are some of the leading causes of death worldwide. The ability of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) to modulate circulating LDL cholesterol (LDLc) concentrations made it a very attractive target for LDLc management. To date, the most(More)
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