Cordula Bittner

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Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) comprises approximately 25% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) in children and young adults, and up to 15% of high-grade NHL in older patients. Over 50% of these tumours carry the translocation t(2;5)(p23;q35). The result of this translocation is the fusion of the nucleophosmin (NPM) gene to the anaplastic lymphoma(More)
OBJECTIVE The activity of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) is reduced in the failing myocardium. Therefore, transfer of SERCA2a cDNA is considered as a therapeutical approach. The aim of this study was analysis of the long-term effect of SERCA2a overexpression in normal as well as pressure overload challenged myocardium of transgenic rats. (More)
BACKGROUND Flour is still one of the most common causes of occupational asthma worldwide. Thus far, little is known about the relevant allergens causing baker's asthma. Therefore the reliability of current diagnostic procedures is insufficient. Only few of the suspected causative wheat allergens have been hitherto characterized on the molecular level. (More)
L82, a novel anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) cell line was established from the pleural effusion of a 24-year-old patient with recurrent ALCL. L82 cells showed the typical morphologic features of ALCL cells with irregular, often indented, nuclear profiles, prominent nucleoli, and abundant cytoplasm. The immunoprofile of L82 corresponds to that seen(More)
BACKGROUND Waste collection workers are exposed to several occupational stressors which may affect their quality of life. Our aim was to assess the health status and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of municipal waste collection workers of a big German city. METHODS Cross-sectional study with a non-random sample of 65 (62 male, 3 female) workers of(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past years, dust of green coffee beans has become known to be a relevant cause for occupational type I allergies. Up to now, allergy diagnostics is based on native green coffee bean extract which exhibits insufficient specificity due to interfering substances as well as batch-to-batch variations. No coffee allergen has been described on(More)
The use of natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves in many occupations may lead to latex sensitization, allergic asthma, and skin reactions. Due to their good properties and environmental safety NRL gloves are still being used in the healthcare setting, but also in the food industry, by hairdressers, cleaners, etc. The aim of our study was to assess the protein(More)
In Germany, bakers with occupational asthma willing to stay in their job are included in an interdisciplinary program of the Social Accident Insurance for Foodstuff and Catering Industry (BGN). The primary aim is to reduce flour dust exposure, and to provide adequate medical treatment. Our aim was to evaluate the program's effect on the disease's course(More)