Christian Betz

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We have isolated a codominant Arabidopsis mutant, radical-induced cell death1 (rcd1), in which ozone (O(3)) and extracellular superoxide (O(2)(*)-), but not hydrogen peroxide, induce cellular O(2)(*)- accumulation and transient spreading lesions. The cellular O(2)(*)- accumulation is ethylene dependent, occurs ahead of the expanding lesions before visible(More)
Helicobacter pylori is thought to regulate gene expression with a very small set of regulatory genes. We identified a previously unannotated open reading frame (ORF) in the H. pylori 26695 genome (HP1122) as a putative H. pylori flgM gene (sigma28 factor antagonist) by a motif-based bioinformatic approach. Deletion of HP1122 resulted in a fourfold increase(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The prognosis of patients suffering from laryngeal carcinomas can be improved by early diagnosis. Exact demarcation of tumor margins could contribute to an optimum preservation of the larynx. Therefore, the aim of the present study was the evaluation of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-induced protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) fluorescence as a(More)
Fluorescence diagnosis aims to improve the management of oral cancer via early detection of the malignant lesions and better delimitation of the tumor margins. This paper presents a comparative study of normal inspection, combined fluorescence diagnosis (CFD) and its 2 main components, autofluorescence and 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-induced(More)
OBJECTIVES Early cancer detection is the best way to improve the prognosis of patients with oral cancer. Therefore this study presents quantitative fluorescence measurements and results in the visualization of cancerous oral mucosa with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-induced protoporphyrin IX (PPIX). METHODS Time progression and type of porphyrin(More)
Two different full-length cDNAs for cinnamate 4-hydroxylase (C4H1 and C4H2) were isolated from Citrus sinensis Osbeck cv. Valencia libraries. C4H1 (1708 bp) and C4H2 (1871 bp) share only 65% identity on nucleotide and 66% identity on the amino acid level, respectively. C4H1 is most homologous to a cinnamate 4-hydroxylase sequence from French bean (Phaseolus(More)
Genetically tractable model plants offer the possibility of defining the plant O(3) response at the molecular level. To this end, we have isolated a collection of ozone (O(3))-sensitive mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Mutant phenotypes and genetics were characterized. Additionally, parameters associated with O(3) sensitivity were analysed, including(More)
Review paper and Proceedings of the Inaugural Meeting of the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society (HNODS) on March 14th 2009 at University College London. The aim of our research must be to provide breakthrough translational research which can be applied clinically in the immediate rather than the near future. We are fortunate that this is indeed a(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE An early detection of oral cancer might improve the patient's prognosis. We present preliminary results of autofluorescence photodetection of cancerous oral mucosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS 49 patients were investigated altogether. In 30 patients, malignant and healthy oral mucosa were excited with violet light (lambda = 375 to 440(More)
During fermentation, yeast cells are exposed to increasing amounts of alcohol, which is stressful and affects both growth and viability. On the molecular level, numerous aspects of alcohol stress signaling remain unresolved. We have identified a novel yeast Ring/PHD finger protein that constitutively shuttles between nucleus and cytoplasm but accumulates in(More)