Birgit Stoffel-Wagner

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In rodents, cyclically fluctuating levels of gonadal steroid hormones modulate neural plasticity by altering synaptic transmission and synaptogenesis. Alterations of mood and cognition observed during the menstrual cycle suggest that steroid-related plasticity also occurs in humans. Cycle phase-dependent differences in cognitive performance have almost(More)
The biological mechanisms underlying long-term partner bonds in humans are unclear. The evolutionarily conserved neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) is associated with the formation of partner bonds in some species via interactions with brain dopamine reward systems. However, whether it plays a similar role in humans has as yet not been established. Here, we report(More)
A relationship between haemophilia and osteoporosis has been suggested, leading to the initiative for a larger study assessing this issue. Bone mineral density (BMD) was measured by osteodensitometry using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) in 62 male patients with severe haemophilia A; mean age 41 +/- 13.1 years, mean body mass index (BMI) 23.5 +/-(More)
This review summarizes the current knowledge of the biosynthesis of neurosteroids in the human brain, the enzymes mediating these reactions, their localization and the putative effects of neurosteroids. Molecular biological and biochemical studies have now firmly established the presence of the steroidogenic enzymes cytochrome P450 cholesterol side-chain(More)
The expression of specific growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) is of importance during brain development and in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. VEGF and TGF-beta1 was studied in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of neonates with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHHC)(More)
Social communication through touch and mutual grooming can convey highly salient socio-emotional signals and has been shown to involve the neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) in several species. Less is known about the modulatory influence of OXT on the neural and emotional responses to human interpersonal touch. The present randomized placebo (PLC)-controlled(More)
The androgen receptor (AR) plays a central role in mediating androgen action. Since the hippocampus is a target of steroid modulation, we studied the expression of AR mRNAs in hippocampal tissue specimens from patients undergoing epilepsy surgery (n=42). AR mRNA expression was in the same order of magnitude than in prostate tissue, known for its high(More)
To confirm the existence of obesity-induced inflammation and to clarify the association between such inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors, we investigated the relationships between high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), obesity, blood pressure, lipids, and insulin resistance in a long-term follow-up(More)
The preoperative differentiation between septic and aseptic loosening after total hip or knee arthroplasty is essential for successful therapy and relies in part on biomarkers. The objective of this study was to assess synovial and serum levels of inflammatory proteins as diagnostic tool for periprosthetic joint infection and compare their accuracy with(More)
The conversion of androgens to estrogens by CYP19 (cytochrome P450AROM, aromatase) is an important step in the mechanism of androgen action in the brain. CYP19 expression has been demonstrated in the brain of various animal species and in the human temporal lobe. Studies on postnatal CYP19 expression in various other areas of the human brain are rare and(More)