Christian Koenig

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BACKGROUND Phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma (PI3Kgamma) has been depicted as a major regulator of inflammatory processes, including leukocyte activation and migration towards several chemokines. This study aims to explore the role of PI3Kgamma in the murine model of antigen-induced arthritis (AIA). METHODS Development of AIA was investigated in wildtype(More)
OBJECTIVE Significant joint pain is usually widespread beyond the affected joint, which results from the sensitization of nociceptive neurons in the central nervous system (central sensitization). This study was undertaken to explore whether the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the joint induces central sensitization, whether joint(More)
OBJECTIVE Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is considered a proinflammatory cytokine, but whether neuronal IL-17 receptors contribute to the generation of arthritic pain is unknown. This study was undertaken to explore whether IL-17A acts on neurons, whether it sensitizes joint nociceptors, and whether neutralization of IL-17 is antinociceptive. METHODS We recorded(More)
CD63 is a member of the transmembrane-4 glycoprotein superfamily (tetraspanins) implicated in the regulation of membrane protein trafficking, leukocyte recruitment, and adhesion processes. We have investigated the involvement of CD63 in endothelial cell (EC) signaling downstream of β1 integrin and VEGF. We report that silencing of CD63 in primary ECs(More)
PURPOSE To identify relevant stressors or resources of relatives of critically ill patients and explore their relationship with psychological outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS Prospective mixed-method study performed in 4 multidisciplinary ICUs of an urban academic hospital. Main relatives of consecutive patients with severe sepsis were questioned after(More)
Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) is a 75-kDa heparin-binding plasma protein implicated in the regulation of tumor growth and vascularization. In this study, we show that hrg(-/-) mice challenged with fibrosarcoma or pancreatic carcinoma grow larger tumors with increased metastatic properties. Compared with wild-type mice, fibrosarcomas in hrg(-/-) mice(More)
UNLABELLED During peripheral inflammation, both spinal TNF-α and IL-6 are released within the spinal cord and support the generation of inflammation-evoked spinal hyperexcitability. However, whether spinal TNF-α and IL-6 act independently in parallel or in a functionally dependent manner has not been investigated. In extracellular recordings from(More)
OBJECTIVE Tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) is produced not only in peripheral tissues, but also in the spinal cord. The purpose of this study was to address the potential of peripheral and spinal TNFα to induce and maintain spinal hyperexcitability, which is a hallmark of pain states in the joints during rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. METHODS In(More)
Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) is a 75 kDa heparin-binding plasma protein implicated in the regulation of tumor growth and vascularization. In this study, we show that hrg mice challenged with fibrosarcoma or pancreatic carcinomas grow larger tumors with increased metastatic properties. Compared with wild type mice, fibrosarcomas in hrg mice were more(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The μ-opioid receptor has been characterized as the main mediator of opioid signalling in neuronal cells. Opioid-induced pain suppression was originally proposed to be mediated by μ-opioid receptor-induced inhibitory effects on cAMP, which is known to mediate inflammatory hypernociception. Recent investigations revealed PI3Kγ and Akt(More)