Ulrike Fiedler

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BACKGROUND Plants offer various advantages for the production of pharmaceutical proteins over conventional production systems such as bacterial or mammalian cell culture. In order to explore transgenic plants for large-scale production and storage of recombinant antibodies we tried to optimize the accumulation and stability of functionally active single(More)
A single-chain Fv antibody (scFv) gene, which has previously been used to immunomodulate abscisic acid (ABA) activity in transgenic tobacco to create a 'wilty' phenotype, was put under control of the seed-specific USP promoter from Vicia faba and used to transform tobacco. Transformants were phenotypically similar to wild-type plants apart from their seeds.(More)
Expression and stability of immunoglobulins in transgenic plants have been investigated and optimized by accumulation in different cellular compartments as cytosol, apoplastic space and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) as will be discussed in this review. In several cases described the highest accumulation of complete active antibodies was achieved by targeting(More)
We have analyzed transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II (pol II) in a highly efficient in vitro transcription system composed of essentially homogeneous protein preparations. The pol II complex was stalled on adenovirus major late promoter templates at defined positions, and the open region and RNA products of these complexes were examined. The first(More)
Potato tubers have been successfully used for high-level production of a recombinant single-chain Fv (ScFv) antibody. Ubiquitous high-level expression was achieved under control of the CaMV 35S promoter through retention of the scFv protein in the endoplasmic reticulum. Recombinant antibodies accumulated up to 2% of total soluble tuber protein. After 1.5(More)
We have used transgenic tobacco seeds to produce large amounts of a functionally active engineered antibody. A gene infusion encoding an antigen-binding single chain Fv protein (scFv) that recognizes the hapten oxazolone was constructed and used as a model. After characterization in a bacterial expression system ,the scFv gene was cloned into a plant(More)
TFIIH is a multisubunit protein complex involved in RNA polymerase II transcription and nucleotide excision repair, which removes a wide variety of DNA lesions including UV-induced photoproducts. Mutations in the DNA-dependent ATPase/helicase subunits of TFIIH, XPB and XPD, are associated with three inherited syndromes as follows: xeroderma pigmentosum with(More)
We have identified cis-regulatory elements within the 5′-upstream region of a Vicia faba non-storage seed protein gene, called usp, by studying the expression of usp-promoter deletion fragments fused to reporter genes in transgenic tobacco seeds. 0.4 kb of usp upstream sequence contain at least six, but probably more, distinct cis-regulatory elements which(More)
So far, in plant sciences immunological methods have been mainly used as powerful analytical tools. Established and reliable methods of gene cloning and genetic engineering of immunoglobulins and the development of the transgenic plant technology have given rise to new approaches in plant molecular biology. The binding specificity of antibodies to different(More)
Transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) plants ubiquitously accumulating a single-chain variable-fragment (scFv) antibody against abscisic acid (ABA) to high concentrations in the endoplasmic reticulum (RA plants) show a wilty phenotype. High stomatal conductance and loss of CO2 and light dependence of stomatal conductance are typical features of these(More)