Anna Gaertner-Rommel

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BACKGROUND Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is mainly an autosomal dominant disease characterized by fibrofatty infiltration of the right ventricle, leading to ventricular arrhythmias. Mutations in desmosomal proteins can be identified in about half of the patients. The pathogenic mechanisms leading to disease expression(More)
Cadherins are calcium dependent adhesion proteins that establish the intercellular mechanical contact by bridging the gap to adjacent cells. Desmoglein-2 (Dsg2) is a specific cadherin of the cell-cell contact in cardiac desmosomes. Mutations in the DSG2-gene are regarded to cause arrhythmogenic (right ventricular) cardiomyopathy (ARVC) which is a rare but(More)
Aims Coronary artery disease accounts for the majority of sudden cardiac deaths (SCD) in the older population whereas cardiomyopathies and arrhythmogenic abnormalities predominate in younger SCD victims (<35 years) with a significant genetic component. The elucidation of the pathogenetic cause of death might be relevant for the prevention of further deaths(More)
Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a rare heart disease characterized by diastolic dysfunction and atrial enlargement. The genetic etiology of RCM is not completely known. We identified by a next-generation sequencing panel the novel CRYAB missense mutation c.326A>G, p.D109G in a small family with RCM in combination with skeletal myopathy with an early(More)
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