Volker Sandig

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Fas-mediated apoptosis is an important regulator of cell survival, and abnormalities in this system have been shown to result in a number of human pathological conditions. A secreted member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, DcR3, was recently reported to be amplified in human lung and colon cancers as a negative regulator of Fas-mediated(More)
The cytomegalovirus (CMV) major immediate-early promoter/enhancer is active in many cell culture systems and is considered to be one of the strongest promoters in vitro. However, when this promoter was used in in vivo approaches to gene therapy, it was silenced within a few weeks in several organs including the liver. In this study, we demonstrated(More)
Conditional mutant mice equipped with heterologous recombination systems (Cre/lox or Flp/frt) are promising for studying tissue-specific gene function and for designing better models of human diseases. The utility of these mice depends on the cell target specificity, on the efficiency and on the control over timing of gene (in)activation. We have explored(More)
Viral vectors are the most efficient tools for gene delivery, and the search for tissue-specific infecting viruses is important for the development of in vivo gene therapy strategies. The baculovirus Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus is widely used as a vector for expression of foreign genes in insect cells, and its host specificity is(More)
Few suspension cells can be used for vaccine manufacturing today as they either do not meet requirements from health regulatory authorities or do not produce high virus titres. Two new avian designer cell lines (AGE1.CR and AGE1.CR.pIX) that have been adapted to grow in suspension in serum-free medium were evaluated for their potential as host cells for(More)
For the improved production of vaccines and therapeutic proteins, a detailed understanding of the metabolic dynamics during batch or fed-batch production is requested. To study the new human cell line AGE1.HN, a flexible metabolic flux analysis method was developed that is considering dynamic changes in growth and metabolism during cultivation. This method(More)
LRP5 is a novel member of the low-density lipoprotein receptor family that is genetically associated with Type 1 diabetes. As a start to defining the normal function of LRP5 and to generate testable hypotheses of its potential role in Type 1 diabetes pathogenesis, we carried out an extensive expression analysis of this gene at the mRNA and protein levels in(More)
Recent studies with transfected COS-7 cells have shown that functionally inactive mutant V2 vasopressin receptors (occurring in patients with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus) can be functionally rescued by coexpression of a carboxy-terminal V2 receptor fragment (V2-tail) spanning the region where various mutations occur [Schöneberg, T., J. Yun, D. Wenkert,(More)
Adenovirus vectors based on human serotype 5 (Ad5) have successfully been used as gene transfer vectors in many gene therapy-based approaches to treat disease. Despite their widespread application, many potential therapeutic applications are limited by the widespread prevalence of vector-neutralizing antibodies within the human population and the inability(More)
The 20S proteasome is localized in the cytosol and nuclei of mammalian cells. Previous work has shown that the cytosolic 20S proteasome is largely responsible for the selective recognition and degradation of oxidatively damaged cytosolic proteins. Since nuclear proteins are also susceptible to oxidative damage (e.g., from metabolic free radical production,(More)