Beate Rassler

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We investigated the coordination between breathing and walking in humans to elucidate whether the coordination degree depends more on metabolic load or on breathing or stride frequencies and whether coordination causes energetic economization expressed by reduction of oxygen uptake (VO2). Eighteen healthy volunteers walked on a treadmill at three load(More)
Gap junction channels are essential for intercellular electrical communication in the heart. The most important cardiac gap junction proteins are connexin43 (predominantly) (Cx43), connexin40 (Cx40), and in early developmental stages connexin45. Since catecholamines play an important role in cardiac (patho)physiology, we wanted to elucidate whether(More)
Time relationships (coordination) between breathing and rhythmical limb movements were analyzed during sinusoidal tracking movements of the forearm in 11 healthy subjects. The tracking rate was varied systematically between 0.1 and 1.0 Hz in 0.1-Hz steps. The aim of the study was to elucidate whether rhythmical tracking movements can entrain breathing, and(More)
Coordination of the respiratory rhythm with the rhythm of limb movements has often been observed during rhythmical exercise (e.g. in locomotion). It is usually associated with changes in the respiratory time course, but not in the locomotor rhythm. Therefore, we hypothesised that in walking, the extent of coordination-related changes (CRC) in respiratory(More)
  • B. Raßler
  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • 2000
The precision of short-term finger tracking flexions has been shown to vary with the respiratory cycle. In the present study, we analysed the mutual effects between breathing and short-term finger tracking movements (SFTM) – both flexions and extensions. Moreover, we investigated the preferred phase relationships between breathing and spontaneous single(More)
We found modulations in the time-course of breathing during rhythmic abduction-adduction movements in shoulder and hip joints which can be interpreted as phenomena of central coordination in the sense of v. Holst. They occurred in more than 75% of the recorded breaths. The strength of this coordination depends on number and kind of limbs moving rhythmically(More)
We tested the effect of a home-based respiratory muscle endurance training in patients with mild to moderate generalized myasthenia gravis (MG) on Besinger score, lung function and respiratory muscle endurance. Ten patients performed respiratory muscle endurance training in form of normocapnic hyperpnea training at 50-60% of their maximal voluntary(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study we have tested the hypothesis that degradation of collagen by matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) precedes the deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) after long term norepinephrine (NE) treatment. METHODS Female Sprague-Dawley rats received continuous i.v. infusion of NE (0.1 mg/kg.h) for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 14 days. Heart function and(More)
Continuous i.v. infusion of norepinephrine in rats has been shown to induce early interleukin (IL)-6 mRNA expression in the left ventricle (LV) which was followed by hypertrophy and fibrosis. In this study, two approaches were used. In the first, NE (0.1 mg/kg per hour) was infused i.v. in rats for several time periods, and freshly obtained ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated serum concentration of interleukin (IL)-6 is a predictor for poor prognosis in congestive heart failure. It was shown previously in rats, that IL-6 expression in the left ventricle (LV) was followed by LV hypertrophy. METHODS Using IL-6 deficient mice (IL-6(-/-)), we studied the role of IL-6 in a model of norepinephrine (NE)-induced LV(More)