Christian Tidona

Christian Tidona
BioMed X Institute

Dr. rer. nat.

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Introduction
Christian Tidona is the founder and managing director of the BioMed X Institute in Heidelberg, Germany. Christian's fields of expertise are virology, molecular biology, cancer research and innovation at the interface between academia and industry. His most recent publication is 'Outcubation—where incubation meets outsourcing'.
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July 1995 - December 1999
Universität Heidelberg

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Publications (37)
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Over the past 350 years, Merck has developed science and technology especially in health care, life sciences, and performance materials. To celebrate so many productive years, Merck conducted a special expanded anniversary edition of the Innovation Cup in combination with the scientific conference Curious2018 - Future Insight in Darmstadt, Germany.
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Kaposi-Sarkom-assoziiertes Herpesvirus (KSHV)
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To engineer a targeting envelope for gene and oncolytic vector delivery, we characterized and modified the envelope proteins of Tupaia paramyxovirus (TPMV), a relative of the morbilli- and henipaviruses that neither infects humans nor has cross-reactive relatives that infect humans. We completed the TPMV genomic sequence and noted that the predicte...
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Wild type MV infection occasionally induces lymphoma regression in humans, and recombinant viruses based on the vaccine MV strain are currently being developed as therapeutics for use in clinical trials for different types of cancer. Towards producing recombinant MV that target different tumor types we are operating at multiple levels: first, we ha...
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The iridovirus isolate termed cricket iridovirus (CrIV) was isolated in 1996 from Gryllus campestris L. and Acheta domesticus L. (both Orthoptera, Gryllidae). CrIV DNA shows distinct DNA restriction patterns different from those known for Insect iridescent virus type 6 (IIV-6). This observation led to the assumption that CrIV might be a new species...
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Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is a member of the Arteriviridae family, that includes lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), and simian haemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV). Equine arteritis is a contagious disease of horses and is spread via respiratory or reproductive tract. The objectiv...
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Iridoviruses belong to the group of large cytoplasmic deoxyriboviruses and infect either insects or vertebrates. In analogy to other large DNA viruses of eucaryotes it was found that iridoviruses encode a number of cellular protein homologues. The majority of these proteins represent orthologues of cellular enzymes involved in transcription, replic...
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A cytopathic infectious agent was isolated from the kidneys of an apparently healthy tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri) that had been captured in the area around Bangkok. The infectivity was propagated in Tupaia fibroblast and kidney cell cultures. Paramyxovirus-like pleomorphic enveloped particles and helical nucleocapsids were observed by electron mic...
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The Tupaia herpesviruses (THVs) have been isolated from malignant lymphoma tissue cultures and from degenerating lung and spleen cell cultures of tree shrews (Tupaia spp.). Recently we succeeded in the localization of the gene locus of the THV DNA polymerase (DPOL) gene within the viral genome. Based on these results the highly conserved gene clust...
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The nucleotide sequence of the genome of Chilo iridescent virus (CIV) between the genome coordinates 0.974 and 0.101 comprising 27,079 bp was determined. Computer-assisted analysis of the DNA sequence of this particular region of the CIV genome revealed the presence of 42 potential open reading frames (ORFs) with coding capacities for polypeptides...
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Typical signs of an iridovirus infection were observed in two species of fatally diseased crickets, Gryllus campestris L. and Acheta domesticus L. (Orthoptera, Gryllidae). The infection was manifested by hypertrophy and bluish iridescence of the affected fat body cells. Electron microscope investigations led to the identification of a new iridoviru...
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Tupaia herpesviruses (THVs) have been isolated from malignant lymphomas and from degenerating lung or spleen cell cultures of tree shrews (Tupoia spp.), but because of a lack of genetic information the final classification of THVs is still open. In the present work the viral DNA polymerase (DPOL) gene was mapped within the genome of the different T...
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The pathogenesis of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is often attributed to an infectious agent. In particular, the human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) was currently shown to be closely related to all known KS types, including HIV-associated KS, European classic KS, African endemic KS and iatrogenic KS. We report here on an HIV-negative, German patient of neither Jew...
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The thymidylate synthase (TS, EC 2.1.1.45) is essential for the de novo synthesis of dTMP in pro- and eucaryotic organisms. Consequently it plays a major role in the replication of the DNA genome of a cell or a DNA virus. The gene encoding the TS of Chilo iridescent virus (CIV) was identified by nucleotide sequence analysis of the viral genome and...
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The development of an in vitro-system for the stable expression and the analysis of native hantavirus proteins using hantaviral cDNA is of particular interest. As a first step the expression of the hantavirus nucleocapsid (N) proteins in mammalian cells was studied in more detail. The cDNA of the S-RNA segment of Puumala virus strain CG-1820 and Ha...
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Iridoviruses are large cytoplasmic DNA viruses that are specific for different insect or vertebrate hosts. The major structural component of the non-enveloped icosahedral virus particles is the major capsid protein (MCP) which appears to be highly conserved among members of the family Iridoviridae, Phycodnaviridae, and African swine fever virus. Th...
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Lymphocystis disease virus (LCDV) is the causative agent of lymphocystis disease, which has been reported to occur in over 100 different fish species worldwide. LCDV is a member of the family Iridoviridae and the type species of the genus Lymphocystivirus. The virions contain a single linear double-stranded DNA molecule, which is circularly permute...
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Chilo iridescent virus (CIV), the type species of the genus Iridovirus within the family Iridoviridae, is highly pathogenic for larvae of important pest insects. The virions contain a single linear double-stranded DNA molecule (209 kbp) that is circularly permuted and terminally redundant. The nucleotide sequence of the viral genome between the gen...
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Lymphocystis disease (LD) has been reported to occur in over one hundred different species of fish worldwide. The disease is caused by lymphocystis disease virus (LCDV), a member of the iridovirus family. Numerous fish species that play an important role in fishery and fish farming are highly susceptible to LCDV infection. The infected animals deve...
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The gene encoding the DNA (cytosine-5) methyltransferase (m5C-MTase) of lymphocystis disease virus (flounder isolate, LCDV-1) has been identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using oligonucleotide primers synthesized corresponding to different regions of the m5C-MTase gene of frog virus 3 (FV3). A DNA fragment of 487 bp was amplified using ol...

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