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The University of Pretoria is a multi campus public research university located in Pretoria, the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa. The university was established in 1908 as the Pretoria campus of the Johannesburg based Transvaal University College and is the fourth South African insitution in continuous operation to be awarded university status. Wikipedia.

Nel L.H.,University of Pretoria
Emerging Infectious Diseases

Human rabies is an ancient disease but in modern times has primarily been associated with dog rabies-endemic countries of Asia and Africa. From an African perspective, the inevitable and tragic consequences of rabies require serious reflection of the factors that continue to drive its neglect. Established as a major disease only after multiple introductions during the colonial era, rabies continues to spread into new reservoirs and territories in Africa. However, analysis of reported data identified major discrepancies that are indicators of poor surveillance, reporting, and cooperation among national, international, and global authorities. Ultimately, the absence of reliable and sustained data compromises the priority given to the control of rabies. Appropriate actions and changes, in accordance to the One Health philosophy and including aspects such as synchronized, shared, and unified global rabies data reporting, will not only be necessary, but also should be feasible. Source

University of Pretoria | Date: 2011-07-12

The invention provides a method of detecting surrogate markers for active tuberculosis in a serum sample. The surrogate markers are selected from serum mycolic acid antigen, serum anti-mycolic acid antibodies or both. The method includes the steps of combining the serum sample with a labelled monoclonal immunoglobulin antibody or fragment thereof to mycolic acids to produce a combined serum sample, the antibody or fragment thereof not substantially cross-reacting with cholesterol and the label being selected so that binding of the labelled antibody to immobilized mycolic acid antigen of mycobacterial origin produces a detectable signal and combining a blank sample with the labelled monoclonal immunoglobulin antibody or fragment thereof to mycolic acid to produce a combined blank sample. The method includes exposing both samples to immobilised mycolic acid antigen of mycobacterial origin or a synthetic analogue or analogues thereof so that the labelled immunoglobulin antibodies or fragments thereof in each sample bind to the immobilised antigen to produce detectable signals. If the surrogate markers are present, the signal produced by the blank sample will be stronger than that produced by the serum sample because of inhibition of binding of the labelled antibody in the serum sample arising from prior binding of the labelled antibody with the mycolic acid antigen in the serum sample or by competitive binding of serum anti-mycolic acid antibodies in the serum sample to the immobilised mycolic acid antigen or both.

University of Pretoria | Date: 2013-05-17

This invention relates to the isolation, and use of a plant extract in the treatment of skin hyper-pigmentation. More particularly, this invention relates to the isolation of a tyrosinase inhibitor in an extract of plant material from the

A liposomal composition comprising a sterol-modified lipid and a purified mycobacterial lipid cell wall component or analog or derivative thereof is described. The composition is useful as a lipid antigen-presenting vehicle for the detection of lipid antigen specific biomarker antibodies in antibody containing biological samples in the diagnosis of active tuberculosis. The purified lipid cell wall component is typically a purified mycolic acid or a mixture of mycolic acids from a

University of Pretoria and University of Geneva | Date: 2014-02-28

Methods for selecting transgenic cells comprising two or more drug resistance genes with a combination of cytotoxic drugs (e.g., trimetrexate (TMTX) and hydroxyurea (HU)). Such selection can be completed in vitro or in vivo. Transgenic cells and vectors comprising combinations of resistance genes are also provided. Transgenic cells of the embodiments can be used as cell based therapeutics, such as for treatment of HIV infection.

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