Britta Wlotzka

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Employing in vitro selection techniques, we have generated biostable RNA-based compounds, so-called Spiegelmers, that specifically bind n-octanoyl ghrelin, the recently discovered endogenous ligand for the type 1a growth hormone secretagogue (GHS) receptor. Ghrelin is a potent stimulant of growth hormone release, food intake, and adiposity. We demonstrate(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Ghrelin, the natural ligand of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1a, is the most powerful peripherally active orexigenic agent known. In rodents, ghrelin administration stimulates growth hormone release, food intake, and adiposity. Because of these effects, blocking of ghrelin has been widely discussed as a potential treatment for(More)
Spiegelmers are high-affinity l-enantiomeric oligonucleotide ligands that display high resistance to enzymatic degradation compared with d-oligonucleotides. The target binding properties of Spiegelmers can be designed by an in vitro-selection process starting from a random pool of oligonucleotides. Applying this method, a Spiegelmer with high affinity (K(D)(More)
PURPOSE Single-stranded mirror-image oligonucleotides (Spiegelmers) are highly resistant to nuclease degradation and are capable of tightly and specifically binding to protein targets. Here we explored the potential of Spiegelmers as in vivo imaging probes for positron emission tomography (PET). METHODS We investigated the biodistribution and(More)
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