Cornelia Sommer

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As our society ages, neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson`s disease (PD) are increasing in pandemic proportions. While mechanistic understanding of PD is advancing, a treatment with well tolerable drugs is still elusive. Here, we show that administration of the naturally occurring polyamine spermidine, which declines continuously during aging in(More)
Pathological neuronal inclusions of the 43-kDa TAR DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) are implicated in dementia and motor neuron disorders; however, the molecular mechanisms of the underlying cell loss remain poorly understood. Here we used a yeast model to elucidate cell death mechanisms upon expression of human TDP-43. TDP-43-expressing cells displayed(More)
and PDGF receptor in cultured dermal papilla cells and follicular keratino-cytes of the human hair follicle. Abstract: Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is a potent mitogenic factor for many cell types and has been shown to be important in follicular development and vasculogenesis. In this study, we examined the expression pattern of both PDGF factors(More)
A cell's reaction to any change in the endogenous or exogenous conditions often involves a complex response that eventually either leads to cell adaptation and survival or to the initiation and execution of (programmed) cell death. The molecular decision whether to live or die, while depending on a cell's genome, is fundamentally influenced by its actual(More)
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