Andreas Loercher

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A newly described subset of monocytes has been identified in peritoneal exudate cells (PEC) from the malignant ascites from patients with ovarian cancer. These cells were characterized by the production of IL-10 and TGF-beta2, but not IL-12, IL-1alpha, or TNF-alpha, and they expressed CD14, CD16, and CD54, but not HLA-DR, CD80, CD86, CD11a, CD11b, or CD25(More)
Normal ovarian tissue is rich in cytokines. Cytokines and chemokines are important in the physiology of ovarian function and of ovulation. Cytokines and chemokines may recruit cytokine-producing lymphocytes to the site of a developing follicle, and cytokines appear to play an important role in pre and post follicle development. Most of the same cytokines(More)
In vitro studies showed that decorin, a small proteoglycan that is a normal component of the cell matrix involved in tissue scaffolding, effectively inhibited the growth of two ovarian cancer lines, SKOV3 and 2774. Using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay to measure cell growth, IC50s for decorin ranged from 150 to 400(More)
Epithelial ovarian cancer is a major cause of cancer-related mortality in women, making the search for new treatment modalities essential. Sodium phenylacetate (NaPa), a phenylalanine derivative, has been shown to induce cytostasis and differentiation by inhibiting protein isoprenylation. Similar effects have been observed with phenylbutyrate, a(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the antiproliferative activity of sodium phenylacetate (NaPa) against ovarian carcinoma cell lines. NaPa induced a dose-dependent inhibition (IC50 from 12 mM to >20 mM) of all ovarian carcinoma cell lines, although the sensitivity of individual lines to NaPa varied. Both cisplatin-sensitive and -resistant cell lines(More)
Macrophages have diverse effects on tumor biology, including neovascularization, growth rate, and stroma formation. Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) represent a major subpopulation of the mononuclear leukocytes present in malignant ascites of ovarian cancer patients. TAMs appear to participate in the immunologic antitumor defense mechanism through(More)
In this contribution, an electrically driven walking frame for both passive and active mobility support is presented for the first time. Problems of the musculoskeletal system are an important issue for people dependent on their personal mobility in order to live independently for as long as possible. However, solutions on the market today only offer(More)
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