Volker Brass

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Fascinating progress in the understanding of the molecular biology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) was achieved recently. The replicon system revolutionized the investigation of HCV RNA replication and facilitated drug discovery. Novel systems for functional analyses of the HCV glycoproteins allowed the validation of HCV receptor candidates and the investigation(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A), a phosphoprotein of unknown function, is believed to be a component of a membrane-associated viral replication complex. The determinants for membrane association of NS5A, however, have not been defined. By double label immunofluorescence analyses, NS5A was found to be associated with the endoplasmic(More)
UNLABELLED Coinfection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been associated with severe liver disease and frequent progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Clinical evidence suggests reciprocal replicative suppression of the two viruses, or viral interference. However, interactions between HBV and HCV have been(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a membrane-associated, essential component of the viral replication complex. Here, we report the three-dimensional structure of the membrane anchor domain of NS5A as determined by NMR spectroscopy. An alpha-helix extending from amino acid residue 5 to 25 was observed in the presence of different(More)
Chronic hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide. Although current treatment options are limited, progress in understanding the molecular virology of hepatitis C has led to the identification of novel antiviral targets. Moreover, in vitro and in vivo model systems have been developed that allow systematic(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 3-4A (NS3-4A) is a complex composed of NS3 and its cofactor NS4A. It harbours serine protease as well as NTPase/RNA helicase activities and is essential for viral polyprotein processing, RNA replication and virion formation. Specific inhibitors of the NS3-4A protease significantly improve sustained virological(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide. Here, we will briefly review current concepts of the molecular virology of hepatitis C. In vitro and in vivo models of HCV replication will be discussed in this context. Finally, novel antiviral strategies will be outlined that(More)
Telomere shortening has been causally linked to replicative senescence in human cells. To characterize telomere-length heterogeneity in peripheral blood cells of normal individuals, we analysed the mean length of telomeric repeat sequences in subpopulations of peripheral blood leucocytes, using fluorescence in situ hybridization and flow cytometry(More)
Bacterial and fungal infections are the main cause of morbidity and mortality in neutropenic patients. To resolve infections, an adequate number of functional granulocytes is required. Successful treatment of severe infections with granulocyte transfusions is strongly dependent on an adequate number of transfused cells. In this study, 42 neutropenic(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a monotopic membrane protein anchored to the membrane by an N-terminal in-plane amphipathic alpha-helix. This membrane anchor is essential for the assembly of a functional viral replication complex. Although amino acid sequences differ considerably, putative membrane anchors with amphipathic(More)