Barbara Scheiber-Mojdehkar

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Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease affecting 1 in 50,000 people and is caused by a GAA-trinucleotide expansion in the frataxin gene located on chromosome locus 9q13 which results in a markedly reduced expression of frataxin, a small mitochondrial protein. The exact function of frataxin is still unknown and(More)
BACKGROUND Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is among arrhythmia disorders of the heart that causes sudden cardiac death in young individuals. As yet, most of investigations have focused on nuclear genome for finding genetic defects in this disorder, but some of the cases with LQTS cannot be explained by mutations of identified genes. On the other hand, it has been(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Erythropoietin (EPO) has received growing attention because of its neuroregenerative properties. Preclinical and clinical evidence supports its therapeutic potential in brain conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia. Also, in Friedreich ataxia, clinical improvement after EPO therapy was shown. The aim of this(More)
It is widely assumed that standard parenteral iron preparations are degraded in the reticuloendothelial cells and that the iron is subsequently incorporated into transferrin. Hepatocytes or other epithelial cells have been considered as not affected. We show that this picture should be carefully reconsidered. By using the human hepatoma cell line HepG2 we(More)
BACKGROUND Friedreich ataxia is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the frataxin gene, leading to reduced levels of the mitochondrial protein frataxin. Assays to quantitatively measure frataxin in peripheral blood have been established. To determine the validity of frataxin as a biomarker for clinical trials, we assessed frataxin in(More)
Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is the most common of the inherited ataxias and is associated with GAA trinucleotide repeat expansions within the first intron of the frataxin (FXN) gene. There are expanded FXN alleles from 66 to 1,700 GAA·TTC repeats in FRDA patients and correlations between number of GAA repeats and frataxin protein levels are assumed. Here, we(More)
To determine the role of recombinant human erythropoietin as a possible treatment option in Friedreich's ataxia, we performed an open-label clinical pilot study. Primary outcome measure was the change of frataxin levels at week 8 versus baseline. Twelve Friedreich's ataxia patients received 5,000 units recombinant human erythropoietin three times weekly(More)
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is caused by low expression of frataxin, a small mitochondrial protein. Studies with both yeast and mammals have suggested that decreased frataxin levels lead to elevated intramitochondrial concentrations of labile (chelatable) iron, and consequently to oxidative mitochondrial damage. Here, we used the mitochondrion-selective(More)
BACKGROUND Intravenous iron (IVI) therapy is required in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) under chronic haemodialysis (HD). In this in vitro study we investigated the availability and stability of iron hydroxyethyl starch (iron-Hes) compounds in THP-1 cells (macrophage phenotype) and liver cells (HepG2 cells) and compared it with the well-known(More)
Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by decreased expression of the protein Frataxin. Frataxin deficiency leads to excessive free radical production and dysfunction of chain complexes. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) could be considered a candidate modifier factor for FRDA disease, since mitochondrial oxidative(More)