Astrid Breitbart

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Until now, there has been no in vitro model that duplicates the environment of bone marrow. The purpose of this study was to analyze proliferation and differentiation of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSC) under the influence of continuous perfusion and cyclic mechanical loading. hBMSC of seven individuals were harvested, grown in vitro, and combined.(More)
A significant proportion of heart failure patients develop skeletal muscle wasting and cardiac cachexia, which is associated with a very poor prognosis. Recently, myostatin, a cytokine from the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) family and a known strong inhibitor of skeletal muscle growth, has been identified as a direct mediator of skeletal muscle(More)
Understanding the transcriptional regulation of angiogenesis could lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets. We showed here that the transcription factor GATA6 is expressed in different human primary endothelial cells as well as in vascular endothelial cells of mice in vivo. Activation of endothelial cells was associated with GATA6 nuclear(More)
RATIONALE Myocardial endothelial cells promote cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, possibly through the release of growth factors. The identity of these factors, however, remains largely unknown, and we hypothesized here that the secreted CTRP9 (C1q-tumor necrosis factor-related protein-9) might act as endothelial-derived protein to modulate heart remodeling in(More)
BACKGROUND Myostatin is a muscle derived factor that functions as a negative regulator of skeletal muscle growth. Induction of myostatin expression was observed in rodent models of muscle wasting and in cachectic patients with cancer or pulmonary disease. Therefore, there is an increasing interest to use serum myostatin as a biomarker. METHODS We(More)