Bettina Kulle

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The objective was to investigate putative associations between brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF) polymorphisms and brain morphology in patients with schizophrenia and healthy control subjects. Four BDNF polymorphisms were genotyped and analyzed versus 39 brain volume measures in 96 patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and 104(More)
Prognostic predictions in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) at early clinical stage are based on biological disease parameters, such as ZAP-70 and CD38 protein levels, genomic aberrations as well as immunoglobulin variable heavy chain gene (IgV(H)) mutation status. In the current study, ZAP-70 and CD38 expressions were examined by flow cytometry(More)
Altered neurodevelopment and plasticity are implicated in schizophrenia pathology. Based on the important role of neurotrophic factors in brain development and plasticity as well as their extensive expression in hippocampal areas, we hypothesized that a variation in the neurotrophin receptor 3 gene (NTRK-3) is associated to hippocampal function and(More)
In quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), normalization using reference genes is a common useful approach, but the validation of suitable reference genes remains a crucial problem. Use of unconfirmed reference genes may lead to misinterpretation of the expression of target genes. The aim of this study was to adapt an(More)
PURPOSE Although complete resection (R0) of liver metastases (LM) remains the treatment of choice for colorectal cancer (CRC) patients amenable to curative therapy, only approximately one third survive for 5 years. The objective of this phase II study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of radioimmunotherapy (RAIT) after salvage resection of LM. (More)
BACKGROUND Brain metastases and primary high-grade gliomas, including glioblastomas multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), may be indistinguishable by conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Identification of these tumors may have therapeutic consequences. PURPOSE To assess the value of MR spectroscopy (MRS) using short and intermediate(More)
Incisional hernia underwent a change from conventional techniques to mesh implantation. The relevance of different factors, like operative technique, mesh material, and patient-related parameters concerning the outcome following mesh repair, are still under debate. In a comparative retrospective study of 421 incisional hernia operations on 348 patients, we(More)
The Interleukin 10 (IL-10) gene is highly polymorphic, and the IL-10(-1087AG) (rs1800896) gene variation is the only so far studied intensively in association with certain diseases. Conflicting data have been published about an association of IL-10(-1087AG) gene variation with lower rates of complete remission and lower overall survival (OS) in patients(More)
BACKGROUND Conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has a number of limitations in the diagnosis of the most common intracranial brain tumors, including tumor specification and the detection of tumoral infiltration in regions of peritumoral edema. PURPOSE To prospectively assess if diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) could be used to differentiate(More)
PURPOSE Tumor grading is very important both in treatment decision and evaluation of prognosis. While tissue samples are obtained as part of most therapeutic approaches, factors that may result in inaccurate grading due to sampling error (namely, heterogeneity in tissue sampling, as well as tumor-grade heterogeneity within the same tumor specimen), have led(More)