Patents Examined by Jeffrey Siew
  • Patent number: 7442523
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7378258
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7344719
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the cloning, sequencing and expression of homologous immunoreactive 28-kDa protein genes, p28-1, -2, -3, -5, -6, -7, -9, from a polymorphic multiple gene family of Ehrlichia canis. Further disclosed is a multigene locus encoding all nine homologous 28-kDa protein genes of Ehrlichia canis. Recombinant Ehrlichia canis 28-kDa proteins react with convalescent phase antiserum from an E. canis-infected dog, and may be useful in the development of vaccines and serodiagnostics that are particularly effective for disease prevention and serodiagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Research Development Foundation
    Inventors: David H. Walker, Xue-Jie Yu, Jere W. McBride
  • Patent number: 7344849
    Abstract: The present invention relates to assay methods for the determination of cobalamin or vitamin B12 in a body fluid and in particular to assay methods for the metabolically active pool of cobalamin, comprising contacting a cell free sample of a body fluid with an immobilised or immobilizable specific binding ligand for TC II or holo TC II, separating a ligand bound fraction from a non-ligand bound fraction and measuring the holo-TC II or TC-II bound cobalamin content therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Axis-Shield ASA
    Inventors: Erling Sundrehagen, Lars Ă–rning
  • Patent number: 7339043
    Abstract: A novel sarR gene and sarR gene product which down regulates the expression of sarA and the resulting virulence determinants in Staphylococcus aureus is provided. Methods for modulating the expression of sarA and virulence determinants are also provided. A preferred embodiment of the present invention provides structural information relating to the gene product and enables the identification and formulation of lead compounds and reducements for treating and preventing infections by S. aureus and related bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventors: Ambrose L. Cheung, Adhar Manna
  • Patent number: 7338786
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7335493
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7335733
    Abstract: The present invention relates to tissue cement proteins produced by certain species of blood-feeding ectoparasites. These proteins and compositions comprising these proteins are particularly useful for the temporary or permanent bonding of animal tissues to each other or to other biomaterials. The present invention also relates to the use of tissue cement proteins in the production of vaccines that protect animals against the bite of blood-sucking ectoparasites and the transmission of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens by such ectoparasites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Merial Limited
    Inventors: Guido Christian Paesen, Patricia Ann Nuttall
  • Patent number: 7335370
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of immunizing a host against disease caused by infection by a strain of Chlamydia, specifically C. pneumoniae. The method involves nucleic acid immunization, including DNA immunization, and employs a vector containing a nucleotide sequence which encodes an ATP/ADP translocase of a strain of Chlamydia pneumoniae. The nucleotide sequence is operably linked to a promoter to effect expression of the ATP/ADP translocase in the host. The host may be a human host. Modifications are possible within the scope of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Aventis Pasteur Limited
    Inventors: Andrew D. Murdin, Raymond P. Oomen, Joe Wang, Pamela Dunn
  • Patent number: 7335494
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7332171
    Abstract: The 28-kDa outer membrane proteins (P28) of Ehrlichia chaffeensis are encoded by a multigene family consisting of 21 members located in a 23-kb DNA fragment in the genome of E. chaffeensis. Fifteen of these proteins are claimed herein as novel sequences. The amino acid sequence identity of the various P28 proteins was 20-83%. Six of 10 tested p28 genes were actively transcribed in cell culture grown E. chaffeensis. RT-PCR also indicated that each of the p28 genes was monocistronic. These results suggest that the p28 genes are active genes and encode polymorphic forms of the P28 proteins. The P28s were also divergent among different isolates of E. chaffeensis. The large repertoire of the p28 genes in a single ehrlichial organism and antigenic diversity of the P28 among the isolates of E. chaffeensis suggest that the P28s may be involved in immune avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Research Development Foundation
    Inventors: David H. Walker, Xue-Jie Yu
  • Patent number: 7326544
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: sanofi pasteur limited
    Inventors: Lynn Doucette-Stamm, David Bush, Qiandong Zeng, Timothy Opperman, Chad Eric Houseweart
  • Patent number: 7326545
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of nucleic acid, including DNA, immunization of a host, including humans, against disease caused by infection by a strain of Chlamydia, specifically C. pneumoniae, employing a vector containing a nucleotide sequence encoding a 98 kDa outer membrane protein of a strain of Chlamydia pneumoniae and a promoter to effect expression of the 98 kDa outer membrane protein gene in the host. Modifications are possible within the scope of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sanofi Pasteur Limited
    Inventors: Andrew D. Murdin, Raymond P. Oomen, Joe Wang, Pamela Dunn
  • Patent number: 7326543
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gene encoding a protein from merozoite of Babesia caballi, a recombinant protein of Babesia caballi, and an antibody capable specifically binding to a 48 kDa protein of rhoptry of Babesia caballi merozoite. In accordance with the present invention, it is possible to stably prepare the 48 kDa protein of rhoptry of Babesia caballi and the gene encoding said protein in a large amount with the recombinant DNA technique. The present invention also provides a method for diagnosing equine babesiasis which comprises either specifically detecting anti-Babesia caballi antibody present in equine blood by using the recombinant protein of present invention as an antigen or detecting the presence of Babesia caballi merozoite in equine blood by using the antibody of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignees: Juridical Foundation The Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute
    Inventors: Hiromi Ikadai, Ikuo Igarashi, Naoyoshi Suzuki, Hideyuki Nagasawa, Kozo Fujisaki, Takeshi Mikami
  • Patent number: 7319021
    Abstract: Cell lysis compositions, methods for extracting and isolating proteins and peptides from a host cells using the compositions, kits and apparatus for extracting and isolating protein and peptide molecules from host cells and for detecting for the presence of a protein or peptide. The composition allows for the extraction and isolation of proteins and peptides from host cells without the need for mechanical disruption and with or without isolation of the cells from cell medium. The composition includes at least one surfactant having a hydrophobic-lipophilic balance value in the range from about 11 to about 16; and at least one cell membrane altering compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Promega Corporation
    Inventors: Laurie Engel, John W. Schultz, Tonny M. Johnson, Kristopher Zimmerman, Laura L. Bozek, Judith N. Stevens
  • Patent number: 7297529
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for performing a lateral flow assay. The method includes depositing a sample on a test strip at an application region, detecting a first detection signal arising from the test strip in the first detection zone, and generating a baseline for the first measurement zone by interpolating between values of the detection signal outside of the first measurement zone and inside of the first detection zone. The method may include locating a beginning boundary and an ending boundary for the first measurement zone on the test strip. Additional detection zones having measurement zones may also be incorporated with the embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Relia Diagnostic Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Alan J. Polito, Richard M. Thayer, Robert K. DiNello, George H. Sierra, Dennis Nixon, Alan Phillips, Stuart Neubarth
  • Patent number: 7297551
    Abstract: Recombinant fragments of Factor C are disclosed. These proteins and peptides show great potency in recognizing, binding to, neutralizing and removing endotoxin. These molecules can thus be used for anti-microbial, anti-endotoxin, and anti-sepsis therapy. SSCrFCES is a 38 kDa protein representing the LPS-binding domain of Factor C. The ability of SSCrFCES to bind lipid A was analyzed using an ELISA-based assay as well as surface plasmon resonance. Surface plasmon resonance similarly carried out for SSCrFC-sushi-1,2,3-GFP, SSCrFC-sushi-1GFP, and SSCrFC-sushi-3GFP confirmed their superior affinity for endotoxin. The 50% endotoxin-neutralizing concentration of SSCrFCES against 200 EU of endotoxin is 0.069 ?M, suggesting that SSCrFCES is an effective inhibitor of LAL coagulation cascade. Although partially attenuated by human serum, as low as 1 ?M of SSCrFCES inhibits the LPS-induced secretion of hTNF-? and hIL-8 by THP-1 and human pheripheral blood mononuclear cells with a potency more superior than polymyxin B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Jeak L. Ding, BoW Ho, Nguan S. Tan
  • Patent number: 7282369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to rapid methods for the detection of ischemic states and to kits for use in such methods. Provided for is a rapid method of testing for and quantifying ischemia based upon methods of detecting and quantifying the existence of an alteration of the serum protein albumin which occurs following an ischemic event; methods for detecting and quantifying this alteration include evaluating and quantifying the cobalt binding capacity of circulating albumin, analysis and measurement of the ability of serum albumin to bind exogenous cobalt, detection and measurement of the presence of endogenous copper in a purified albumin sample and use of an immunological assay specific to the altered form of serum albumin which occurs following an ischemic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Ischemia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bar-Or, Edward Lau, James V Winkler
  • Patent number: 7279163
    Abstract: Oil-in-Water emulsion vaccines induce higher biliary IgA responses which decrease mucosal/internal organ invasion and fecal shedding, increase specific activity of serum IgG subpopulations, and increase the relative avidity index of serum IgG subpopulations, resulting in increased protection from disease in animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Petter S. Holt, Cam R. Greene, Henry D. Stone
  • Patent number: 7261900
    Abstract: The invention relates to improved methods of producing and recovering sporulation-deficient B. anthracis mutant stains, and for producing and recovering recombinant B. anthracis protective antigen (PA), especially modified PA which is protease resistant, and to methods of using of these PAs or nucleic acids encoding these PAs for eliciting an immunogenic response in humans, including responses which provide protection against, or reduce the severity of, B. anthracis bacterial infections and which are useful to prevent and/or treat illnesses caused by B. anthracis, such as inhalation anthrax, cutaneous anthrax and gastrointestinal anthrax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Stephen H. Leppla, Mary Jo Rosovitz, John B. Robbins, Rachel Schneerson