Andreas Becker

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The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a short assessment instrument which addresses positive and negative behavioural attributes of children and adolescents and generates scores for clinically relevant aspects. Although this brief questionnaire has been widely used in Germany to gather information from parents, teachers, and older children(More)
Myosins are molecular motor proteins that harness the chemical energy stored in ATP to produce directed force along actin filaments. Complex communication pathways link the catalytic nucleotide-binding region, the structures responsible for force amplification and the actin-binding domain of myosin. We have crystallized the nucleotide-free motor domain of(More)
Around the world, cultural blending and conflict pose challenges for assessment and understanding of psychopathology. Economical, evidence-based, culturally robust assessment is needed for research, for answering public health questions, and for evaluating immigrant, refugee, and minority children. This article applies multicultural perspectives to(More)
Our previous studies established that induction of growth factor synthesis and neuroprotection by the beta(2)-adrenoceptor agonist clenbuterol in vitro and in vivo was associated with the activation of astrocytes, the major source of trophic factors in the brain. In the present study, we further investigated the specificity of beta(2)-adrenoceptor-mediated(More)
High-harmonic generation (HHG) traditionally combines ~100 near-infrared laser photons to generate bright, phase-matched, extreme ultraviolet beams when the emission from many atoms adds constructively. Here, we show that by guiding a mid-infrared femtosecond laser in a high-pressure gas, ultrahigh harmonics can be generated, up to orders greater than 5000,(More)
Reliable information on the prevalence of mental health problems in children and adolescents in the general population in Germany is scarce. With the German health and examination survey for children and adolescents (KiGGS) data is available for the first time on psychopathological problems for the complete age range from 3 to 17 years. To estimate(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the German self-reported Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in a clinical setting. We also investigated whether this additional information gathered directly from older children and adolescents improves the prediction of clinical status when external ratings from their parents and/or teachers are already(More)
We examined a "double-punch" approach to overcome the escape of glioblastoma cells to the immune surveillance: increasing the immune systems activation by an active specific immunization (ASI) with Newcastle-Disease-Virus infected tumor cells and blocking the TGF-beta production by delivery of TGF-beta antisense oligonucleotides using polybutyl(More)
The shikimate pathway enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) is the target of the broad spectrum herbicide glyphosate. The genetic engineering of EPSPS led to the introduction of glyphosate-resistant crops worldwide. The genetically engineered corn lines NK603 and GA21 carry distinct EPSPS enzymes. CP4 EPSPS, expressed in NK603 corn and(More)
The glycyl radical enzyme pyruvate formate-lyase (PFL) synthesizes acetyl-CoA and formate from pyruvate and CoA. With the crystal structure of the non-radical form of PFL in complex with its two substrates, we have trapped the moment prior to pyruvate cleavage. The structure reveals how the active site aligns the scissile bond of pyruvate for radical(More)