Britta Walker

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BACKGROUND/AIMS The serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase Sgk1 contributes to cardiac remodeling and development of heart failure, which is paralelled by Sgk1-dependent stimulation of the cardiac Na(+)/H(+) exchanger Nhe1. Glucocorticoids are powerful stimulators of Sgk1 expression and influence cardiac remodeling. The present study thus explored(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by neurotoxic amyloid-ß plaque formation in brain parenchyma and cerebral blood vessels known as cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Besides CAA, AD is strongly related to vascular diseases such as stroke and atherosclerosis. Cerebrovascular dysfunction occurs in AD patients leading to alterations in blood flow that(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac inflammation has been suggested to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory cardiomyopathy as well as in progressive heart failure (HF). CXC motif ligand 16 (CXCL16) is a recently discovered chemokine produced by several inflammatory cells and representing an important pathogenic mediator in the development of HF. The(More)
BACKGROUND The WNK-dependent STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) regulates the renal thiazide sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) and the renal furosemide sensitive Na+, K+, 2Cl- cotransporter (NKCC2) and thus participates in the regulation of renal salt excretion, extracellular fluid volume and blood pressure. Inhibition of NCC leads to(More)
1. The concentrations of alanine, aspartate, glutamate, glutamine and serine plus threonine have been measured by enzymic methods in ;quick-frozen' livers from normal, starved, alloxan-diabetic and phlorrhizin-treated rats. 2. The hepatic concentrations of alanine and serine plus threonine were decreased in rats starved for 48hr. Treatment of these rats(More)
RATIONALE Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is released on platelet activation. Circulating MIF could potentially regulate platelets and thereby platelet-mediated inflammatory and regenerative mechanisms. However, the effect of MIF on platelets is unknown. OBJECTIVE The present study evaluated MIF in regulating platelet survival and thrombotic(More)
We assessed the anti-mutagenic and anti-promotion properties of two flavones, apigenin and robinetin, and of indole-3-carbinol, because these compounds have been reported in vegetables, the consumption of which has been associated with reduced rates of cancer. However, the active components of these foods and their effects on carcinogenesis have not been(More)
Risk stratification in patients with suspected myocarditis is pivotal for optimizing therapy. Stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) is an inflammatory chemokine expressed in the inflamed and failing myocardium. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether endomyocardial expression of SDF-1 identifies high-risk patients with suspected myocarditis. We(More)
Thrombin activates pore forming channel protein Orai1 resulting in store operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) with subsequent Ca(2+)-dependent release of platelet granules, activation of integrin αIIbβ3, adhesion, aggregation and thrombus formation. Platelets lack nuclei and are thus unable to modify protein abundance by transcriptional regulation. Nevertheless,(More)