Arno G E Beer

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RATIONALE The neuropeptide catestatin is an endogenous nicotinic cholinergic antagonist that acts as a pleiotropic hormone. OBJECTIVE Catestatin shares several functions with angiogenic factors. We therefore reasoned that catestatin induces growth of new blood vessels. METHODS AND RESULTS Catestatin induced migration, proliferation, and antiapoptosis in(More)
Several members of the neuropeptide family exert chemotactic actions on blood monocytes consistent with neurogenic inflammation. Furthermore, chromogranin A (CgA) containing Alzheimer plaques are characterized by extensive microglia activation and such activation induces neuronal damage. We therefore hypothesized that the catecholamine release inhibitory(More)
In this study, we investigated whether the proangiogenic neuropeptides secretoneurin (SN), substance P (SP), and neuropeptide Y (NPY) contribute to the development of abnormal neovascularization in the oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) model in mice. By exposing litters of C57Bl/6N mice to 75% oxygen from postnatal day 7 (P7) until postnatal day 11 (P11) and(More)
BACKGROUND Secretoneurin is a neuropeptide located in nerve fibers along blood vessels, is upregulated by hypoxia, and induces angiogenesis. We tested the hypothesis that secretoneurin gene therapy exerts beneficial effects in a rat model of myocardial infarction and evaluated the mechanism of action on coronary endothelial cells. METHODS AND RESULTS In(More)
RATIONALE The neuropeptide secretoneurin induces angiogenesis and postnatal vasculogenesis and is upregulated by hypoxia in skeletal muscle cells. OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate the effects of secretoneurin on therapeutic angiogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS We generated a secretoneurin gene therapy vector. In the mouse hindlimb ischemia model(More)
Expression of angiogenic cytokines like vascular endothelial growth factor is enhanced by hypoxia. We tested the hypothesis that decreased oxygen levels up-regulate the angiogenic factor secretoneurin. In vivo, muscle cells of mouse ischemic hind limbs showed increased secretoneurin expression, and inhibition of secretoneurin by a neutralizing antibody(More)
Adult primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) remains a therapeutic challenge for the treating physician. With the advent of novel immunosuppressive measures, our arsenal of therapeutic options increased considerably. The aim of this review was to summarize reports published over the last two decades which reported on treatment outcome. Most(More)
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-related protein 1B (LRP1B), a member of the LDL receptor family, is frequently inactivated in multiple malignancies including lung cancer. LRP1B is therefore considered as a putative tumor suppressor. Due to its large size (4599 amino acids), until now only minireceptors or receptor fragments have been successfully(More)