Bettina Hesse

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Many physiological parameters scale with body size. Regarding limb muscles, it has been shown that the demands for relatively faster muscles, less postural work, and greater heat production in small mammals are met by lower proportions of Type I and conversely higher proportions of Type II fibers. To investigate possible adaptations of the perivertebral(More)
Early primate evolution is connected to the efficient exploitation of the terminal branch habitat. Mammals that forage in this habitat constantly encounter flexible thin branches that bend under the weight of the animals and thus form steeply inclined and declined supports. This study was aimed to gain insight into how cotton-top tamarins – a previously(More)
Trans-sialidases are key enzymes in the life cycle of African trypanosomes in both, mammalian host and insect vector and have been associated with the disease trypanosomiasis, namely sleeping sickness and nagana. Besides the previously reported TconTS1, we have identified three additional active trans-sialidases, TconTS2, TconTS3 and TconTS4, and three(More)
Human back muscles have been classified as local stabilizers, global stabilizers and global mobilizers. This concept is supported by the distribution of slow and fast muscle fibres in quadrupedal mammals, but has not been evaluated for humans because detailed information on the fibre type composition of their perivertebral musculature is rare. Moreover,(More)
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