Dagmar-Christiane Fischer

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BACKGROUND Paediatric reference values for novel markers of phosphate homeostasis, bone formation and resorption and their putative relationship to growth are lacking. METHODS A total of 424 healthy children, adolescents and young adults (221 males) aged 0.1-21 y, were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Height, weight and height velocity were(More)
CONTEXT Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) are used as novel biomarkers for diseases. miR-21, miR-126, and miR-210 are known to be deregulated in vivo or in vitro under diabetic conditions. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the circulating miR-21, miR-126, and miR-210 in plasma and urine from pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and(More)
The human progesterone receptor (PR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor and two isoforms, (PRA and PRB), can be distinguished. PROGINS, a PR polymorphic variant, affects PRA and PRB and acts as a risk-modulating factor in several gynaecological disorders. Little is known about the functional consequences of this variant. Here, we characterise the(More)
Overexpression of soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) causes pathology in animal models similar to primary FSGS, and one recent study demonstrated elevated levels of serum suPAR in patients with the disease. Here, we analyzed circulating suPAR levels in two cohorts of children and adults with biopsy-proven primary FSGS: 70 patients from the North(More)
OBJECTIVE Two polymorphisms affecting either expression (+331 G/A) or transcriptional activity (progins) of the progesterone receptor have been described. No clear correlation between either polymorphism and breast or ovarian cancer has been shown. Our objective is to clarify whether the two progesterone receptor polymorphisms modify the risk for breast or(More)
BACKGROUND Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) [MIM 263200] belongs to a group of congenital hepatorenal fibrocystic syndromes and is caused by mutations in the PKHD1 gene encoding the multidomain protein fibrocystin/polyductin (FPC). The serine-threonine kinase mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is one of the most important gate-keepers(More)
Recently, we and others have detected a haplotype of the human progesterone receptor gene (PR). This haplotype consists of a 320-bp insertion in intron G together with point mutations in exons 4 and 5 and was named PROGINS. Whereas the exon 5 mutation is silent, the mutation in exon 4 results in a V660L substitution. Interestingly, this genetic polymorphism(More)
AIMS To determine interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 concentrations in the lower uterine segment in patients with chorioamnionitis compared to those without. METHODS Biopsy specimens from the lower uterine segment of 33 patients with chorioamnionitis were matched to specimens of 33 patients without. The biopsies had been taken during cesarean section. The(More)
Long-term corticosteroid treatment impairs growth in children after kidney transplantation (KTx). The impact of steroid withdrawal with respect to adult height remains to be elucidated. In this single-center retrospective analysis linear growth and graft function in 74 pediatric KTx patients transplanted between 1981 and 2001 was investigated. Mean follow(More)
Idiopathic nephrotic syndrome is the most frequent glomerular disease that presents during childhood and is mainly due to minimal change nephropathy (MCNS) and focal-segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Its treatment is still challenging, with up to 50% of the patients who are initially steroid sensitive (usually MCNS) being frequent relapsers and requiring(More)