Christian Kastner

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Light sensing is very important for organisms in all biological kingdoms to adapt to changing environmental conditions. It was discovered recently that plant-like phytochrome is involved in light sensing in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans[1]. Here, we show that phytochrome (FphA) is part of a protein complex containing LreA (WC-1) and LreB(More)
Light is essential for photosynthetic organisms, but also serves as an important environmental cue for non-photosynthetic species; thus, light sensing is evolutionarily conserved throughout the kingdoms, from archaea and fungi to humans. Light sensors are chromoproteins, the low-molecular weight compound of which absorbs specific wavelengths and induces a(More)
Light is one of the most important environmental factors for orientation of almost all organisms on Earth. Whereas light sensing is of crucial importance in plants to optimize light-dependent energy conservation, in nonphotosynthetic organisms, the synchronization of biological clocks to the length of a day is an important function. Filamentous fungi may(More)
Aspergillus nidulans responds to light in several aspects. The balance between sexual and asexual development as well as the amount of secondary metabolites produced is controlled by light. Here, we show that germination is largely delayed by blue (450 nm), red (700 nm), and far-red light (740 nm). The largest effect was observed with far-red light. Whereas(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performance of metal-ceramic crowns placed in 10 private practices. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this prospective clinical trial, 95 patients were provided with 190 noble-metal metal-ceramic single crowns. RESULTS The 7-year survival rates of the crowns were 95.5% (target event: any removal), 99.5%(More)
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM The clinical impact of posterior crown margin placement on gingival health has not been thoroughly quantified. PURPOSE This study evaluated the effect of posterior crown margin placement with multivariate analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ten general dentists reviewed 240 patients with 480 metal-ceramic crowns in a prospective clinical(More)
The aim of this study is the characterization of fibroblasts mainly responsible for fibrosis processes associated with trabeculectomy or microstent implantation for glaucoma therapy. Therefore we isolated human primary fibroblasts from choroidea, sclera, Tenon capsule, and orbital fat tissues. These fibroblast subpopulations were analysed in vitro for(More)
Intraoral pressures and oral flows were measured as normal talkers produced /p lambda/ and /si/ under experimental conditions that perturbed the usual aeromechanical production characteristics of the consonants. A translabial pressure-release device was used to bleed off intraoral pressure during /p/. Bite-blocks were used to open the anterior bite(More)
Human glomerulonephritis (GN) is characterized by sustained proteinuria, sodium retention, hypertension, and edema formation. Increasing quantities of filtered protein enter the renal tubule, where they may alter epithelial transport functions. Exaggerated endocytosis and consequent protein overload may affect proximal tubules, but intrinsic malfunction of(More)
Patients with proteinuric kidney diseases often have symptoms of salt and water retention. It has been hypothesized that dysregulated sodium absorption is due to increased proteolytic cleavage of epithelial sodium channels (ENaCs) and increased Na,K-ATPase expression. Microarray analysis identified a reduction in kidney corin mRNA expression in rat models(More)