Björn Lorenz

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A series of novel tricyclic pyrido-phthalazine-dione derivatives was tested for antagonistic effects at the strychnine-insensitive modulatory site of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (glycineB). All compounds displaced [3H]MDL-105,519 binding to rat cortical membranes with IC50 values of between 90 nM and 3.6 microM. In patch-clamp experiments,(More)
Cardiac beta-adrenoceptors and the positive inotropic effects of adenylate cyclase-dependent (dobutamine, histamine, forskolin) and adenylate cyclase-independent agents (isobutylmethylxanthine (IBMX), dibutyryl-cAMP (db-cAMP), digoxin, digitoxin and calcium were measured in papillary muscle strips from severely failing (NYHA IV), moderately failing (NYHA(More)
A novel non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonist MRZ 2/576 is a potent but rather short-acting (5-15 min) anticonvulsant following intravenous administration to mice as estimated by the prevention of maximal electroshock induced convulsions. This is most probably due to a rapid elimination of the drug from the central nervous system by transport processes(More)
INTRODUCTION The administration of dopexamine may constitute a therapeutical option to improve hepatosplanchnic perfusion in sepsis. In order to verify this hypothesis, we administered dopexamine in an experimental sepsis model in rats. METHODS This prospective, randomized, controlled laboratory study was conducted in 42 Wistar rats. The animals were(More)
In isolated contracting human ventricular myocardium taken from patients undergoing mitral valve replacement the positive inotropic effects of calcium, isoprenaline, dobutamine, dopamine, histamine, milrinone, isobutylmethylxanthine, and theophylline were determined. Calcium (15 mmol X litre-1) produced an increase in force of contraction similar to that of(More)
Raman spectroscopy is currently advertised as a hot and ambitious technology that has all of the features needed to characterize and identify bacteria. Raman spectroscopy is rapid, easy to use, noninvasive, and it could complement established microbiological and biomolecular methods in the near future. To bring this vision closer to reality, ongoing(More)
Specific binding of cardiac glycosides to their receptors precedes their actions on the myocardium. Thus changes in the number and affinity of these membrane bound receptors will vary the response to cardiac glycoside therapy and the incidence of side-effects. Several studies have reported an age-dependent decrease in the number of cardiac glycoside(More)
Erythropoietin improves myocardial function and enhances re-endothelialisation. Aim of this study was to analyse progenitor cell mobilisation and restenosis in patients from the Regeneration of Vital Myocardium in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction by Erythropoietin (REVIVAL-3) study. Patients with STEMI undergoing percutaneous coronary(More)