Christine Gräfe

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There is growing evidence that the autonomic nervous system influences the immune response by activation and modulation of beta 2-adrenergic receptors (beta 2R) on immunocompetent cells. However, little is known about its pathogenetic role in autoimmune disease. Therefore, the number and the dissociation constants (beta 2R-KKD) of beta 2R on peripheral(More)
Simultaneous electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has become a widely used application in spite of EEG perturbations due to electromagnetic interference in the MR environment. The most prominent and disturbing artifacts in the EEG are caused by the alternating magnetic fields (gradients) of the MR scanner. Different(More)
In order to investigate the influence of the autonomic nervous system on the immune response in rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we determined the number and the dissociation constants of beta 2-adrenergic receptors (beta 2R) on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in patients with RA(More)
MOTIVATION In order to assess the stability of DNA-DNA hybridizations-for example during PCR primer design or oligonucleotide selection for microarrays-one needs to predict the change in Gibbs free energy DeltaG during hybridization. The nearest neighbor model provides a good compromise between accuracy and computational simplicity for this task. To(More)
The protein corona, which immediately is formed after contact of nanoparticles and biological systems, plays a crucial role for the biological fate of nanoparticles. In the here presented study we describe a strategy to control the amount of corona proteins which bind on particle surface and the impact of such a protein corona on particle-cell interactions.(More)
Dectin-1 is recognized as a major receptor for fungal ß-glucans and contributes to anti-fungal immunity. Human monocyte populations express Dectin-1 isoforms A and B, which differ by the presence of a stalk region and its N-linked glycosylation site. Here, we analyzed the expression of both isoforms in human monocyte-derived cells. The cellular localization(More)
Nanoparticles experience increasing interest for a variety of medical and pharmaceutical applications. When exposing nanomaterials, e.g., magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNP), to human blood, a protein corona consisting of various components is formed immediately. The composition of the corona as well as its amount bound to the particle surface is(More)
A new approach toward the fabrication of biocompatible composites suitable for remote melting is presented. It is shown that magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) can be embedded into a matrix of biocompatible thermoplastic dextran esters. For that purpose, fatty acid esters of dextran with adjustable melting points in the range of 30-140 °C were synthesized.(More)